Prefix, Root & Suffix

August 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

These curious creatures are interchangeable and interlocking. They are similar to puzzle pieces except that once put together they can alter each other and give new meaning to the world. This is an example of the prefix un-, the root -fortunate-, and the suffix -ly. Un- is quite negative, opposing most everything, as you can see. -Fortunate- is happy-go-lucky, and -ly is generally likable (she was on her way to the pool, but unfortunately it was closed due to rain). Though these beasts may seem randomly put together, their society does have a strict hierarchical structure. Prefixes come first, roots are in the middle, and suffixes are last.

1. Prefix: an affix placed before a base or another prefix. Root: the form of a word that remains after removal of all affixes. Suffix: an affix that follows the element to which it is added.

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