There are many suffixes that begin with the letter a. This table provides the meaning of each suffix and some examples.
─a usually indicates a Latin noun in the singular.
─able creates an adjective, fit for doing or able to be.
adorable, capable, valuable
─ably creates an adverb, fit for doing or able to be.
adorably, inevitably, probably
—aceae used to form the names of plant families.
─ade creates a noun describing action done, something produced.
parade, blockade, lemonade
─ae at the end of a scientific name, signals the taxonomic level, Family.
Falconidae [falcons], Picidae [woodpeckers]
─ae at the end of a Latin noun: feminine, plural.
─al or ─ally creates an adjective or descriptor.
─an or ─ane creates an adjective or descriptor.
reptilian, Anglican, urbane
─ance creates a noun describing a quality, state, instance, or action.
arrogance, chance, trance
─ang the past tense of verbs ending in ─ing.
ring, rang; sing, sang
—ant creates an adjective that attributes an action or state.
expectant, flippant, pendant
—ant creates a noun describing an agent of action.
—arch denotes a kind of ruler.
─ate resembling, having (or with) characteristics.
—ative of, relating to, or associated with.
talkative, narrative, sedative
1. Are you able to think of how to use any of these suffixes as prefixes? Try to think of some words, e.g., anterior.