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A suffix is a letter or set of characters, such as '-ly' or '-ness,' that is appended to the end of a word to create a new word, usually of a different word class. The suffix '-ly', for example, is added to 'quick' to form 'quickly.'

"A suffix (also known as an ending) is a word affix that comes after the stem." Example: In a sentence, the stem of the word'read' has a different meaning and grammatical function, but the affix 'er' alters both the meaning and the grammatical function of the word to create a new term.

The suffix clarifies the first name rather than the last. "John Doe Jr." denotes that he is John's son. The suffix follows the last name in a full name listing since the person is most recognised by his or her given name and surname, with the suffix serving as a supplementary piece of information.

The most common suffixes are: -tion, -ity, -er, -ness, -ism, -ment, -ant, -ship, -age, -ery.

In the Western English-language naming tradition, a name suffix comes after a person's full name and adds additional information. Individuals with post-nominal letters hold a position, educational degree, accreditation, office, or honour (e.g. "PhD", "CCNA", "OBE").

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