What Does The Suffix Ality Mean?


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The suffix "ality" indicates "having the properties of" - examples of ways in which the suffix "ality" is used include popular words like personality and universality. There are dozens of common, everyday words that feature this suffix, and it is an important facet in modern vocabularies. In fact, advertisers or people who are just having fun may enjoy adding the suffix, "ality" to any word at all, just to make a new word that defines a product, service, thought, or emotion. The suffix is actually composed of two separate suffixes -al and -ity.

  • Word creation

As an example, someone who enjoys Snapple iced tea might devise an ad or marketing campaign centered on the state of Snappleality. Yes, it's not a word, but in the world of mass media, these sorts of new words are used quite frequently in order to reinforce brand awareness and capture the attention of the public. In general, words that feature the suffix "ality" are easy to say, even when they are newly invented and not completely accepted in the Encyclopedia Britannica. After all, "ality" slides off the tongue, and it is a smooth, sonorous way to end a word.

  • How to learn more

To learn more about the suffix "ality" and other aspects of grammar in the English language, grab a great English textbook that takes an in-depth look at prefixes, suffixes and other ways of starting and ending words.  Reading a lot will also expose you to all manner of quirky or less common usages of the suffix "ality". Poetry may offer other enjoyable ways to familiarize yourself with these grammatical elements. Of course, using words that feature the suffix "ality" will be the best way to learn about how they can be added to sentences and written reports of essays.

Today, many people who use the Internet extensively lose a little of the beauty of language, by giving in to the OMG type of thing. Instead of abbreviating and using emoticons,  polish your grammar by using the right suffixes.

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