Vocabulary exercise

In English, we use certain suffixes for nouns referring to persons and certain other suffixes for practices or philosophies.

Consider

Person Practice Adjective
Misanthrope Misanthropy Misanthropic
Misogynist Misogyny Misogynous/misogynistic
Monogamist Monogamy Monogamous
Bigamist Bigamy Bigamous
Polygamist Polygamy Polygamous
Polygynist Polygyny Polygynous
Polyandrist Polyandry Polyandrous
Philanthropist Philanthropy Philanthropic
Anthropologist Anthropology Anthropological

As you can see, -ist is the common suffix for a person, -y is the common suffix for the practice and –ic or –ous is the suffix for an adjective.

Do you understand the meaning of these words? Here is a simple exercise.

Vocabulary Exercise

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