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Suffix -er meaning and examples!
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Suffixes -er and -ee
The suffixes -er and -ee are used for nouns and in particular are used to describe people and the positions they have. The words that use the suffixes -er and -ee are usually two sides of the same coin — meaning that these words are related and describe two jobs that people do. The suffix -er is used to describe a person or thing that does or provides an action. The suffix -ee describes the person or thing that receives the action.

Here’s an example:

employer
employee
Do you know what the difference is? Here’s the quick answer: an employee is someone who does a job, and an employer is someone who provides (gives) the job. For example, I am an employee of Bespeaking, and Crystal is my employer. Crystal provides the job, and I do the job. People are employees of companies or organizations, and do the jobs necessary to run them. The companies or organizations are the employers, and are the ones who have the jobs that need to be done.

Here are some other examples of the suffixes -er and -ee:

trainer – someone who trains
trainee – someone who is trained
adviser – someone who gives advice
advisee – someone who receives advice
slayer – someone who kills (like Buffy the Vampire Slayer!)
slayee – someone who is killed (like the vampires)
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