Grammar Patterns

Combining forms

The '-challenged' group

Most of these combining forms combine with adverbs, and -impaired combines with nouns. The adjectives formed indicate that someone has a particular ability or disability. Many people find the form -handicapped offensive, and -disabled is not acceptable in all contexts.
£2,119,000 is being spent on facilities for people who are physically challenged including wheelchair hire and accessible toilets.
For deaf and hearing-impaired viewers, the frustration is even greater.
There will always be children who are not academically inclined and there should be some way of measuring their ability.
It is crucial for the nation that we have a scientifically literate population.
  • -challenged
  • -disabled
  • -handicapped
  • -illiterate
  • -impaired
  • -inclined
  • -literate
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