C2 Proficiency - Word Formation Exercises

Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

The third part of the Reading and Use of English paper in the C2 Proficiency Examination is word formation where you have to use a root such as 'able' and create an appropriate word (disable, unable, ability) to fill the gap in a text.

Example Question

1. Why don't you demand a bigger say in the running of the company? Your _____________ acceptance of every decision is harming the health of the business.

Word Formation Exercise 15
Exercise Number: CPE195

Word Formation Exercise 16
Exercise Number: CPE196

Word Formation Exercise 17
Exercise Number: CPE197

Word Formation Exercise 18
Exercise Number: CPE198

Exam Tip!

Study and memorise word families. Understanding the base form of a word and how it changes into different parts of speech can be incredibly helpful. For example, from 'protect', you should know 'protection' (noun), 'protective' (adjective), and 'protectively' (adverb).

Word Formation Exercise 19
Exercise Number: CPE199

Word Formation Exercise 20
Exercise Number: CPE200

Word Formation Exercise 21
Exercise Number: CPE201

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Word Formation Exercise 22
Exercise Number: CPE202

Word Formation Exercise 23
Exercise Number: CPE203

Exam Tip!

Practise word formation by writing sentences or short paragraphs using a specific set of words. This not only helps with memorisation but also with understanding how these words fit into broader linguistic structures.

Word Formation Exercise 24
Exercise Number: CPE204

Word Formation Exercise 25
Exercise Number: CPE205

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