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 = nation l’informazione = information
l’adozione = adoption  la tradizione = tradition
l’operazione = operation  la valutazione = valutation
l’addizione = addition l’associazione = association
 la motivazione = motivation la  partecipazione = participation
l’azione = action  distribuzione = distribution 
 l’abbreviazione = abbreviation  la semplificazione = simplification
l’affermazione = affirmation l’automazione = automation
l’applicazione = application l’audizione = audition
l’attenzione = attention l’autorizzazione = authorization
l’attrazione = attraction la celebrazione = celebration
la combinazione = combination la collezione = collection
la conservazione = conservation la condizione = condition
la costruzione = construction la contraddizione = contradiction
la dichiarazione = declaration la definizione = definition
la decorazione = decoration la direzione = direction
la distribuzione = distribution la discriminazione = discrimination
l’educazione = education la frazione = fraction
l’elezione = election l’esenzione = exemption
l’elevazione = elevation l’eccezione = exception
l’immigrazione = immigration l’emigrazione = emigration
l’ispezione = inspection l’introduzione = introduction
l’investigazione = investigation la segregazione = segregation
l’identificazione = identification l’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 = expression la missione = mission
la commissione = commission la passione = passion
la visione = vision la lesione = lesion
la fusione = fusion la tensione = tension
la decisione = decision l’occasione = occasion
la versione = version la 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 = university la città = city
la qualità = quality la quantità = quantity
la mentalità = mentality la curiosità = curiosity
la celebrità = celebrity la fertilità = fertility
la personalità = personality l’identità = identity
l’immunità = immunity la povertà = poverty

Click Here to See a List Italian words suffixed with 

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