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In the English language, a suffix is added to the end of a word to change its meaning. A suffix is the opposite of a prefix (which is added to the beginning of a word).

The suffix -ous comes from Latin and signifies having the quality of or being full of something. When attached to the end of a root word, -ous turns it into a description of a characteristic or state of being. For example, if something is dangerous it is fraught with the quality of danger and if something is glorious it is full of glory or magnificence.

You can work out whether you need to use the -ous suffix by checking if the word you are spelling is an adjective. An adjective is a word that is used to describe someone or something.

poisonous Not all snake bites are poisonous.
dangerous A crocodile is a very dangerous creature.
famous A famous person is someone well-known to many people.
various There were various bones at the museum.
tremendous The thunder made a tremendous noise.
enormous The enormous crocodile was waiting by the riverbank.
jealous He was jealous of his brother's new bike.
glamorous She always dressed up and looked glamorous.
courageous The soldiers were courageous in battle.
serious The judge said it was a very serious crime.
obvious It was obvious that the boy needed some help.
curious I was curious to see how many people turned up.
hideous The weather was hideous during the storm.
spontaneous There was spontaneous applause when he spoke.

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