Posted by: Idioma Extra | January 16, 2013

Grammar Guru


Prefixes and Suffixes

In English, there are prefixes which attach to the beginning of a word and suffixes which attach to the end of the word. These little units help change the meaning of a word.

Prefixes

Prefixes attach to the beginning of a word and it changes the meaning of the word. For example, a very common prefix is “ex,” which means “former.” So if you add the prefix “ex” to the word “wife,” you get a new word–“ex-wife.” You could apply this prefix to many words: ex-friend, ex-boyfriend, ex-girlfriend, etc.

Click here to see a list of common prefixes.

Suffixes

Suffixes attach to the end of a word and it changes the part of speech (i.e.–from a noun to an adjective or a verb to a noun). For example, we have the suffix “-er” which changes a verb into a noun. You can see this with the verb “teach.” When you add the suffix “-er” to the verb, it becomes the noun “teacher.”

Click here to see a list of common suffixes.

Now that you’ve reviewed some prefixes and suffixes, play this game to see if you can make change words in English.

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Play the Pre/suffix Game!


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