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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

Parents’ Guide to Enhance Kids’ Vocabulary

Experts say that a strong vocabulary helps inculcate better comprehension and communication. However, to make your kids fall in love with searching for and identifying new words is not an easy task. To overcome this challenge, parents can embark on some of these interesting ways to help children expand their vocabulary.

Introduce them to the world of Books

Reading is not only a good habit but it also helps children to learn new words. Take them to the library or gift them a book. You can ask them to use at least a new word they have learnt from the book.Parents’ Guide to Enhance Kids’ Vocabulary

Play Word Games

Word games are one of the best vocabulary development strategies for your kids. Buy some games or install some gaming apps on your smartphones and encourage them to play those during their free time. Read more