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sugarLESS or sugarFREE


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You are given a set of words.

You are also given some sentences with input boxes, and you are required to use the words to complete the sentences correctly.


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sugarLESS or sugarFREE

QUESTION: What is the difference between the adjectives ending in - LESS and those ending in - FREE?
- Is the chewing gum 'sugarless' or 'sugarfree'?


In this particular example, chewing gum, breakfast cereal, or food in general can often be described as 'sugarless' or 'sugarfree'. Whenever you form the adjective by adding the suffix -less or -free, you are describing something as not having or not affected by the thing mentioned.
- This piece of work was quite error-free. It was an errorless piece of work.
- homeless people,
- trouble-free journey
- duty-free goods
- meaningless exercise
- powerless prisoners
- meaningless exercise
- germ-free environment
- tireless runners
- doubtless the case

Note that the suffix 'less' or '-free' is normally added to nouns to form the adjective. In the penultimate example, it is added to the verb 'tire' and in the final example, 'doubt' can be viewed as either noun or verb.

Note that 'careless' and 'carefree' are not alternatives. They are quite different in meaning.
- A 'careless person' is someone who does not take very much care over what he is doing, whereas a 'carefree person' is someone who has no worries.

You will have noticed that the suffix '-free' is usually hyphenated and is a stressed syllable (unlike 'less'). However, in two of the above examples, 'sugarfree' and 'carefree', there is normally no hyphen.

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INCORRECT SENTENCE: Its Davids dogs bone.

  • IT'S
  • BONE
  • DOGS
  • DOG'S
  • ITS
  • .


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