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"Preparing Minds for the Future;
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Lesson 28

Suffixes -less, -ment, -ness

Spelling Focus: When adding -less, -ment, or -ness to most base words, the base stays the same: goodness. If the base word ends in a consonant and a y, change y to i before adding the suffix: business.

  1. helpless
  2. careless
  3. hopeless
  4. payment
  5. statement
  6. movement
  7. goodness
  8. softness
  9. brightness
  10. business
  11. spotless
  12. breathless
  13. worthless
  14. useless
  15. pavement
  16. treatment
  17. punishment
  18. greatness
  19. fairness
  20. darkness

*indicates words that are most commonly misspelled by fourth graders in their writing.