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Unformatted text preview: of three parts: • Root. The main part of a word, to which preﬁxes and sufﬁxes are added. • Preﬁx. The syllable(s) attached to the beginning of a word to alter or add to its meaning. • Sufﬁx. The syllable(s) attached to the end of a word to alter or add to its meaning. In this lesson, we’ll concentrate on preﬁxes and sufﬁxes, and leave word roots for a later lesson. You’ve been using preﬁxes and sufﬁxes all your life, 44 tools for building word power probably without even noticing them, and you no doubt already know most of them. PREFIXES
The word preﬁx itself uses a preﬁx (pre-), which means before. The preﬁx changes the meaning of the word root, which is ﬁx. Here’s how: Fix: to place securely Preﬁx: a syllable placed at the beginning of a word. Knowing preﬁxes can help you ﬁgure out the meaning of an unfamiliar word (do you see the preﬁx on the word unfamiliar?) in the following ways: • Preﬁxes help you know whether the word is positive or negative....
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- Fall '13