Inflectional Endings: Definition & Examples


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What is an inflectional morpheme, or inflectional ending?

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1. Which of the following is NOT an inflectional ending for a verb?

2. When would you use the inflectional ending '-es' instead of '-s' to indicate the plurality of a noun?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet centers on key terms and characteristics of inflectional endings, allowing you a chance to measure your comprehension of the lesson content.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Those who take a stab at these assessments will encounter questions on the definitions and attributes of:

  • Inflectional morphemes
  • Inflectional endings for verbs
  • The plurality of nouns
  • The inflectional endings '-er' and '-est'

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define inflectional morpheme
  • Distinguishing differences - ensure that you can differentiate between how to handle inflectional endings with adjectives that do and don't end in 'y'
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding inflectional endings for verbs as well as the plurality of nouns
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the inflectional ending '-er'

Additional Learning

To learn more about this linguistic concept, take a look at the accompanying lesson titled Inflectional Endings: Definition & Examples. This lesson incorporates the following objectives:

  • Understand the function of morphemes in language
  • Differentiate between free morphemes and bound morphemes
  • Familiarize yourself with how verbs, nouns and adjectives are modified by inflectional endings