3 Common Italian Suffixes: a Priceless Resource for English Speakers Who are Leaning Italian!

Common Italian SuffixesKnowing Italian suffixes and their translation to English will greatly help you to understand the written Italian.

Moreover this knowledge will also improve your understanding of the spoken language when you learn  the Italian pronunciation.

Out of all the prefixes that can help the English Student of Spanish, in my opinion the king is this:

-zione

that’s, in the majority of words,the exact equivalent to the English suffix

-tion

It’s just incredible the number of words of Latin origin that the 2 languages have in common!

Italian Suffixes: Italian Words Ending in -zione

Here are just a few examples of these Italian Suffixes:

la nazione = nationl’informazione = information
l’adozione = adoption la tradizione = tradition
l’operazione = operation la valutazione = valutation
l’addizione = additionl’associazione = association
 la motivazione = motivationla  partecipazione = participation
l’azione = action distribuzione = distribution 
 l’abbreviazione = abbreviation la semplificazione = simplification
l’affermazione = affirmationl’automazione = automation
l’applicazione = applicationl’audizione = audition
l’attenzione = attentionl’autorizzazione = authorization
l’attrazione = attractionla celebrazione = celebration
la combinazione = combinationla collezione = collection
la conservazione = conservationla condizione = condition
la costruzione = constructionla contraddizione = contradiction
la dichiarazione = declarationla definizione = definition
la decorazione = decorationla direzione = direction
la distribuzione = distributionla discriminazione = discrimination
l’educazione = educationla frazione = fraction
l’elezione = electionl’esenzione = exemption
l’elevazione = elevationl’eccezione = exception
l’immigrazione = immigrationl’emigrazione = emigration
l’ispezione = inspectionl’introduzione = introduction
l’investigazione = investigationla segregazione = segregation
l’identificazione = identificationl’istruzione = instruction

Click Here to See a List Italian words suffixed with -zione

Italian Suffixes: Italian Words Ending in -sione

The Italian suffix 

-sione

is equivalent, in many words, to the Englih suffix

-sion

Here are just a few examples:

L’espressione = expressionla missione = mission
la commissione = commissionla passione = passion
la visione = visionla lesione = lesion
la fusione = fusionla tensione = tension
la decisione = decisionl’occasione = occasion
la versione = versionla pensione = pension

Click Here to See a List Italian words suffixed with -sione

Italian Suffixes: Italian Words Ending in -à

The Italian suffix 

is equivalent, in some words (nouns), to the Englih suffix

-y

Here are just a few examples:

L’università = universityla città = city
la qualità = qualityla quantità = quantity
la mentalità = mentalityla curiosità = curiosity
la celebrità = celebrityla fertilità = fertility
la personalità = personalityl’identità = identity
l’immunità = immunityla povertà = poverty

Click Here to See a List Italian words suffixed with 

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