-ous

sea and coconut palmThe –ous at the end of words usually means it’s an adjective and pronounced “us”.

-ous is from Latin and means full of: glorious – full of glory, joyous full of joy, courageous full of courage

famous
nervous
jealous
monstrous

numerous
enormous
fabulous
poisonous
generous

dangerous
vigorous
treacherous
tremendous
stupendous
miscellaneous
marvellous (US marvelous)

“shus” -cious, -tious, -xious:
cautious
anxious
vicious
precious
gracious
suspicious
ferocious
delicious
ambitious
contentious
conscientious

The e softens the g sound -geous = “jus”
courageous
gorgeous
advantageous


Pronounce the vowel before the -ous giving it an extra syllable:
hideous
strenuous
various
serious
curious
glorious
obvious
mysterious
victorious
continuous

Now do this exercise

-ous exercise

Type in the right words from the selection above