English suffix ~ous Learn with lots of example sentences! (Updated for 2018 with AUDIO!)


In July of 2017 some dangerous ants were found in Oi, a port in Tokyo.


ant noun - a small insect that lives in highly organized groups. 



port - noun - a place where ships load and unload goods
 or shelter from storms


The ants are called 'fire ants' and they are poisonous!
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From this news we used 2 adjectives with the suffix ~ous. Dangerous and poisonous.

dangerous - likely to injure or harm somebody, or to damage or destroy something

poisonous - causing death or illness if swallowed or absorbed into the body
(All definitions in this post come from Oxford Learner's Dictionaries)



A simple way to think of these 2 adjectives is to look at the root word, this means the part of the word that comes before the suffix ous.

danger (ous) If a situation has danger it is dangerous.

poison (ous) If something has poison it is poisonous.

Many adjectives that use the suffix ~ous have this basic meaning. 

adventurous (of a person) willing to take risks and try new ideas; enjoying being in new, exciting situations ~ ready for adventure

"For the more adventurous tourists, there are trips into the mountains with a local guide."



famous - known about by many people
~ A famous person is someone who has fame.
fame (nounthe state of being known and talked about by many people
"She went to Hollywood in search of fame and fortune."



When I was 22 I toured the mountainous region of New Zealand. It was beautiful. (The area has many mountains)




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