By Jacqueline Schaalje
Additions that are glued to the end of a word are called suffixes. (From Latin: Suf comes from sub, which means under, and fix means attach.)
There are many words in English to which you can add –ist or –ian and they will mean a person.
For instance if we take the word science. If you add –ist you will get the person who practises science, a scientist.
Someone who practises art is called an artist.
Someone who plays music is a musician.
And someone whose job it is to make people look beautiful is a beautician.
As you can see, sometimes you can just add the –ist and –ian, without changing the word.
In other cases, you need to tweak (= change) the word a little bit.
Here are some more examples:
Want to check yourself?
Fill in a person ending in –ist or -ian.
Subject – Person
1 Language – ____________
2 Beauty – _____________
3 Economics – _____________
4 Flowers – _____________
5 Terror – _____________
6 Art – _____________
7 History – _____________
8 Parachute – _____________
9 Psychology – _____________
10 Politics – _____________
11 Magic – _____________
12 Buddha – _____________
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