English as we speak it today began about 400 or 500

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Unformatted text preview: e. 9. d. The suffix -ile means having the qualities of. Docile means willing to obey, or easily managed. 10. b. The prefix sub- means under, beneath. To subjugate means to conquer, subdue, bring under control. L E S S O N 6 take words down to their roots A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword. —ROBERT BURTON (1577–1640) ENGLISH AUTHOR AND CLERGYMAN This lesson, like the previous one, will help you build word power by taking words apart. Roots are the building blocks of words, and knowing some common roots will help you to gain vocabulary fluency with unfamiliar words. IN THE PREVIOUS lesson, you learned how prefixes and suffixes modify words. In this lesson, you’ll focus on the root words to which prefixes and suffixes are attached. Our English language is a relatively new language in the history of the world, and it’s one of the richest and most complicated. Its very newness is responsible for the great variety of English words in the language. Thousands of English words are built upon root words from other languages that have existed for thousands of years. English, as we speak it today, began about 400 or 500...
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