StrengthEN your English Vocab with a wisER knowledge of SUffixes

As the need for English vocabulary grows, it becomes imperative to make your children learn about how suffixes can help in forming new words. Now, you may ask what exactly is a suffix? It is nothing but a morpheme (the smallest grammatical unit that can’t be further divided) that is added right at the end while spelling the word to derive a special meaning out of it.StrengthEN your English Vocab with a wisER knowledge of SUffixes

So, when Popeye ate spinach he became strongER, which means he became more strong and his muscle popping through the shirt showed that he was the strongEST as he gained most strength.

When the animals in Madagascar crash land in Africa; they find the view by the river beautiFUL, which means the place is full of beauty. Similarly, they find the monkeys quite useFUL in mending the broken plane. Read more

Add Prefix to your Wordbook to Master the English Language

Hey kids, you all must have learned basic grammar rules in school already, but how many of you have heard about the word called, ‘prefix’? Hope many of you are familiar with the word but how many of you know appropriate usage of it? Not many we guess. Why not then begin learning some basic usage of prefixes in English language here? Add prefix to your wordbook to master the English language

The word prefix is itself made up with two different words, ‘pre’, which means ‘before’ and ‘fix’, means to ‘attach’. Both of these words have originally coined from Latin vocabulary. Prefix is a letter or a group of letters that are added to the beginning of a word in order to change the meaning, such as, ‘unhappy’, ‘illegal’, and many more. Read more

Explore PREfixes to Become an EXpert in English Language

In English grammar and morphology a prefix is a letter or set of letters that are added to the beginning of a root word in order to create a new word with a diverse meaning. For example, when the prefix ‘dis’ is added to the word appear, it gives birth to a brand new word ‘disappear’.

Interestingly enough, the word prefix itself contains the prefix “pre-” which means ‘before’ and the root word ‘fix’ which means ‘to place’, thus the word itself means “to place before.” Prefixes are bound morphemes, which mean they can’t stand alone. Generally, if a cluster of letters is a prefix, it can’t also be a word. However, the process of placing a prefix to a word, or prefixation, is a common tactic of forming new words in English Language.

Prefixes can be either derivational, creating a new word with a new semantic meaning, or inflectional, creating a new form of the word with the same basic meaning. Particularly in the study of languages, prefix is also called as preformative, because it alters the form of the word parts to which it is affixed.

Take a look at the list of common prefixes given below.

Explore PREfixes to Become an EXpert in English Language

To make you understand this in a fun way, Vocab Tunes, an accelerated vocabulary building platform, has come up with a brilliant idea to introduce your young ones to the world of prefixes with the help of its educative song ‘Prefixes’. Read more

Institute Roots STA, STAT, and STIT in Mind to ‘Stand’ out from the Rest

In today’s time, when English has been instituted as a global language, it is important that we are fluent in writing and speaking the language. And, as it is essential in any language, a comprehensive understanding of how words are formed is important to have a sharp command on the English language.

Majority of English vocabulary is actually based on Latin and Greek roots only. New words are created by adding prefixes and suffixes to these existing root words. Knowledge of root words, thus, will help you memorize numerous English words easily and decipher their meanings as well. Institute Roots STA, STAT, and STIT in Mind to ‘Stand’ out from the Rest

Today, let us discuss about a widely used Latin root word ‘Stat’ and its spelling variants ‘Sti’ and ‘Sta’, which mean ‘stand’ or something which is not moving.

The word station means one is ‘standing’ or a place where one ‘stands’. Similarly, when somebody asks you what your status in the society is, it means you are being asked about your social ‘standing’. A statue is a ‘standing’ image or a figure. Read more

Posit Your Ideas with ‘Pos’ and ‘Pon’ to Improve Vocab Graph

We are very much comfortable in speaking and writing in English as it is the most commonly used and the de facto national language of our country. However, many of us have very little knowledge that a good portion of English vocabulary is actually based on Latin and Greek roots. Wondering what are root words all about? They are those basic words, which form hundreds of new words after prefixes and suffixes are added to them. Posit Your Ideas with ‘Pos’ and ‘Pon’ to Improve Vocab Grap

You will be astonished to know that about 90 percent of science terminology and 71 percent of social studies terminology have been derived from Latin and Greek roots. These root words are considered the building blocks of the English language. Therefore, if you wish to master the language it is important to learn these roots. Once you have a good hold on the root words, you will be able to decipher meanings of different words and recognize the language pattern.

Now, when you have understood the importance of learning root words, let us discuss about Latin roots ‘pos’ and ‘pon’, which are source of several English vocabulary words. Words such as, postpone, composition, positive, or posit all have been derived from these roots. Latin words ‘pos’ and ‘pon‘ mean place and set respectively. Read more