Spelling list: al as a suffix

These words include the suffix -al.

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.