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Words... Rudyard Kipling called them once “the most powerful drug used by mankind”. Not just the words as such, but also the activity of making new words from root. By simple addition: prefix + root words + suffix we get a wide new variety of words. For example, from the root word instruct we can form 'instruction' 'instructor' and 'reinstruct'.
A prefix is the cluster of letters you add in front of the root words: 'un-' 'in-', 'mis-', 'en-', etc.
A suffix is the cluster of letters you add at the end of the root words: '-(t)ly', '-ful', '-ment', etc.
The root word is the main form of the word, and it is also called the base word.
PREFIX + ROOT WORD:
un + do = undo
mis + manage = mismanage
en + trust= entrust
ROOT WORD + SUFFIX:
believe + able = believable
manage + ed = managed
trust + ed = trusted
PREFIX + ROOT WORD + SUFFIX:
un + do + able = undoable;
mis + manage + ed = mismanaged;
en + trust + ed = entrusted
You can also change the function of a word, by adding a prefix or a suffix to the root word.
i) You can make NOUNS from VERBS, by adding a suffix: actor, teacher, writer, student, pianist
ii) You can make NOUNS from ADJECTIVES, by adding a suffix: difference, ignorance
iii) You can make ADVERBS from ADJECTIVES, by adding a suffix: happily, slowly, legally
Which one's which then?
If you didn't feel inclined to do the exercise and submit the result, try to make your own sentences with words formed by adding a prefix/suffix and post them in the comments below.
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