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.
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.
When teacher says your class got postpone for the day, it means the scheduled class has been placed in for later. Composition refers to a musical work in which many notes have been placed together. Our national anthem ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ written by Francis Scott Key was set to the tune of a popular British song “The Anacreontic Song”, which was a great composition of John Stafford Smith.
A car is constructed with different types of components, or several parts set together. We suppose, you are aware of many of them and yet to start your driving class and eagerly waiting to become old enough to get the license done.
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