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?
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.
You all are engaged in various ‘extracurricular’ activities in school; now lets’ break the word. ‘Extra’, which means ‘beyond’ sits before the word ‘curricular’, means subjects from school syllabus, and make a new word ‘extracurricular’, which means subjects beyond school syllabus.
There are hundreds of prefixes we use every day. However, some common prefixes in English language are, ‘con’, ‘un’, ‘in’, ‘im’, ‘il’. Therefore, it is important to understand meaning of different prefixes to develop a strong vocabulary and master the language. Interestingly, many don’t know that a prefix can have more than one meaning and therefore you need to be careful while gaining knowledge about it.
Some tips to use prefixes
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