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Prefixes An efficient way to learn new words and build our vocabularies. By. Joseph Karas M.Ed. As you know, there are many words in the English language. It would be impossible for me to teach them all to you.

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As you know, there are many words in the English language.

  • It would be impossible for me to teach them all to you.
  • So in order to be efficient (that means to do something quickly), we will learn how many English words are constructed of prefixes and root or base words.
what is a prefix
What is a Prefix?
  • A prefix is a dependent word added to the beginning of a word to change or alter its meaning.
  • The “pre” in prefix is actually a prefix.
  • It means “before”.
  • So now I’m going to give you some examples of the most common prefixes and their definitions…
examples of prefixes
Examples of Prefixes
  • 1. Un – It means “not.”
  • A. Unlikeable means to not be likeable.
  • B. Unsavory means to not be pleasant.
  • C. Unequal means to not be equal.
  • D. Unnecessary means to not be necessary.
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Examples of Prefixes
  • 2. Re – It means “again.”
  • A. Rearrange means to arrange again.
  • B. Redo means to do again.
  • C. Rebuild means to build again.
  • D. Reappear means to appear again.
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Examples of Prefixes
  • 3. In – It means “not”
  • A. Invisible means not visible.
  • B. Indiscreet means not be able to keep secrets.
  • C. Inviolate means not altered or changed.
  • In can also mean “into.”
  • A. Incorporate means to brings something that exists into something else.
  • B. Influence means to come into authority.
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Examples of Prefixes
  • 4. Dis – It means to remove.
  • A. Disbar means to be removed from practicing law.
  • B. Disassociate means to remove an association or connection with something else.
  • C. Disconnect means to remove a connection.
  • D. Disadvantage means to remove an advantage.
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We learn prefixes because it is an efficient way to learn many new words in a short period of time!