Nouns From Adjectives

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In today’s English class, we will be learning about Nouns From Adjectives

Like we have come to learn in our previous classes that an adjective is used to modify or describe a noun or pronoun. 

Let’s see how nouns can be gotten out of adjectives. 


Nouns From Adjectives


nouns from adjectives

First, let’s consider how to add the letters ity to form nouns from adjectives. 

The suffix ­–ity forms nouns from adjectives. To form nouns with –ity, changes in spelling often occur, such as replacing the last few letters of the adjective. 

Common examples include:

  • responsible – Your children are not my responsibility.
  • possible – traveling overseas seemed like a real possibility.
  • scarce – The scarcity of drinks became problematic during the party.
  • hilarious – They reacted to the joke with much hilarity.
  • probable – It’s hard to guess the probability of her passing the tes


Let’s consider another noun taken from adjectives. We shall look at -ness.

The suffix –ness forms nouns from adjectives. Not all adjectives can have –ness added to them, but it is a common form – especially with adjectives ending in y.

nouns from adjectives

Common examples are:

  • ready – They questioned her readiness for the test.
  • happy – It is important to create happiness for everyone.
  • weak – Eating too much cake was a major weakness of hers.
  • sad – The closure of the post office brought sadness to the community.
  • forgetful – Forgetfulness comes with old age.


Lastly, let’s take a look at how to add  –ance or –ence to form nouns from adjectives or verbs.

The suffix –ance (or –ence) can be added to either adjectives or verbs to form nouns. This is particularly used for adjectives ending in –ent or –ant. 


Common examples include:

  • independent – Having a car has improved my independence.
  • important – Never underestimate the importance of studying.
  • silent – Enjoy the silence while the children are away.
  • appear – The appearance of a second singer improved the concert.
  • resist – Chelsea team put up a strong resistance against their opponents

In summary, we can see that adding suffix ance, ment, ity is possible because of how nouns are made from adjectives. 



Add –ment to form nouns from these adjectives

  • appoint 
  • assign .
  • enjoy 
  • merry


Reading Assignment

Add –ence or -ance to form nouns from these adjectives

  • silent 
  • appear 
  • resist 


Weekend Assignment

Add –ment to form nouns from these adjectives, and use them to construct sentences. 

  • appoint – 
  • assign – 
  • enjoy – 
  • merry –


We hope you enjoyed today’s class. In our next class, we will be learning about Explanatory Composition.

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