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Prefixes and Suffixes:

Prefixes and Suffixes What are they? Examples of common prefixes and suffixes

prefix:

prefix A prefix is a group of letters added to the beginning of a word. A prefix changes the meaning of the word, but NOT the part of speech. Examples

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happy UN UN is a prefix that means “not.” It changes the meaning of a word to the opposite. * However, the part of speech has not changed. h appy is an adjective, and unhappy remains an adjective.

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MIS MIS is a prefix that means “bad or wrong.” It changes the meaning of a word to a negative one. * However, the part of speech has not changed. b ehave is a verb, and misbehave remains a verb. behave

suffix:

suffix A suffix is a group of letters added to the end of a word. A suffix changes the part of speech of the word, but NOT the meaning. Examples

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happy -NESS is a suffix that changes an adjective to a noun . * The meaning has not really changed here. Instead, the different word forms are used differently in sentences NESS happiness I am happy . (happy = adjective) Happiness is important in life. (happiness = noun)

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peace -FUL is a suffix that changes a noun or verb to an adjective . * The meaning has not really changed here. Instead, the different word forms are used differently in sentences FUL I want peace for this world. (peace = noun) This beach is so peaceful . (peaceful= adjective)

Why is it important to learn prefixes and suffixes?:

Why is it important to learn prefixes and suffixes? Knowing prefixes can help you analyze and understand the meaning of new words. It can help expand your vocabulary. Knowing suffixes and learning how to use different word forms will help your grammar and writing.

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Practice: Go to our class website to get more practice with prefixes and suffixes. Remember . . . “Practice makes perfect!”

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