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“City” words

The English language is organic; meaning it grows naturally by people democratically coining new words all the time.  At least 30,000 new words are created each year.  Many die a natural death but some survive to become part of our vocabulary.

Some words emerge as a result of Nominalisations;  verbs, adjectives, verbs made into nouns:  brevity, inhibition, diffidence..or by a reverse transformation where nouns are created from verbs or adjectives. 

 

 

A number of Nouns are made by adding the suffix, - city.  From the clues given, find a word from the box that corresponds with each of the phrases.

 

Answers below:

 

 

Tenacity   voracity   vivacity   ferocity     audacity     sagacity     simplicity

 

Complicity   felicity   elasticity  publicity   duplicity   veracity     loquacity

 

Domesticity    capacity   multiplicity    ethnicity    necessity        velocity

 

 

 

 

a)  happiness ………………...   b)  speed of motion ………………………..

 

c) boldness  ………………….   d) talkative people  ………………………..

 

 e) advertising ……………….     f) lively, animated   ………………………..

 

g) truthful     …………………..    h) greedy    ………………………………….  

 

i) shrewd, wise  ……………..    j) easy to understand   …………………….

 

k) stretches   …………………   l) short supply  ……………………………..

 

m)  family life ………………..    n) deceit - double dealing…………………       

 

o) holds a lot  ……………….     p) brutal, fierce  …………………………….   

 

q) lots of them ………………     r) partner in crime    ……………………….

 

s) determined  ………………     t)  racial origin  ……………………………..

         

 

You can virtually quadruple your vocabulary by transforming nouns into verbs, adjectives and adverbs.

 

Try this exercise:

 

Noun

Verb

Adjective

Adverb

Tenacity

attenuate

Tenuous

Tenuously

Voracity

 

 

 

Vivacity

 

 

 

Ferocity

 

 

 

Audacity

 

 

 

Sagacity

 

 

 

Simplicity

 

 

 

Complicity

 

 

 

Felicity

 

 

 

Elasticity

 

 

 

Publicity

 

 

 

Duplicity

 

 

 

Veracity

 

 

 

Loquacity

 

 

 

Domesticity

 

 

 

Capacity

 

 

 

Multiplicity

 

 

 

Ethnicity

 

 

 

Necessity

 

 

 

 

Answers to “city” suffixes


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