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If you add suffix to the end of a base word, it creates a new word with a modified meaning.

The words in this list include the suffix -al, which comes from Latin and is commonly used to form adjectives that describe characteristics, qualities, actions, or processes associated with a particular noun.

As -al is a vowel suffix, any vowel at the end of a root word is removed before the suffix is added. For example: arrive - e = arriv-, arriv- + -al = arrival.

If the root word doesn't end in a vowel, no change needs to be made before the suffix is added. For example: intention + -al = intentional.

arrival The arrival of the Queen was marked by a fanfare.
bridal Her bridal gown was spectacular.
burial The church had several burial grounds.
central The bank was fairly central in the city.
comical The clown's act was very comical.
emotional He made an emotional appeal for information.
global Is global warming the cause of climate change?
intentional It was a grotesque and intentional act of violence.
international The country relies on international trade.
magical Aladdin flew on a magical carpet.
national When the prince married, there was a national holiday.
optional Participation is optional.
personal My teacher takes a personal interest in my progress.
seasonal The city had many seasonal visitors.
survival Water is essential for survival.
topical It was a topical debate.
tropical Tropical plants can be hard to keep alive in cold countries.

Learn more about these words in Unit 26. Word endings: -le, and exceptions e.g. al, el, ol

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