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When I was studying for my CELPIP exam I got material from them. Unfortunately, I can not put the PDF to the public because it has a watermark with my personal email. But I can put you here what it says.

CELPIP's first error as they state:

A common CELPIP error is using the wrong grammatical form of a word—that is, mixing up nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. An example is using a noun form (such as beauty) when you need the adjective form (beautiful). (Canada is a beauty beautiful country.) As shown below, a word’s required grammatical form depends on its function in a sentence.


modifies nouns or pronouns
person, place, thing or idea. It serves as subject or object
modifies verb, adjectives, or other verbs
action or state of being


In addition, you can change the form or a word using the following rules:

To build Nouns

From other nouns you can add these suffixes: -ese, -ess, -ette, -hood, -ism, -ist, -an, -ian, -ocrasy, -ology, -phobel, -phobia, -ship.

From verbs: -age -ee, -ance/-ancy, -ence/-ency, -al, -er/-or, -ment

From adjetives: -ance/-ancy, -ence/-ency, -ist, -ity, ness

To build Verbs

From nouns: -ate, -ify, -ize

From adjetives: -en, -ify, -ize

To build Adjectives

From nouns: -al, -ese, -ian, -centric, -ed, -ful, -ic, -ical, -ish, -less, -like, -ly, -ous, -proof, -y

From verbs: -able, -ive for descritive adjetives, -ing, -ed, -(e)n for participal adjetives

From adjetives: -ish, -ward

To build Adverbs

From adjetives: -ly, -wards

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