Prefixes, Suffixes, and Root Words

Have you ever been reading a book and come across a word that you’ve never seen before? Well, if you can break that word down into prefixes, suffixes, and root words, then you can probably figure out what the word means.

For instance, “orthography” may be a word you’ve never seen before. But, if we break it down into its prefix, “ortho“, its root word, “graph“, and its suffix, “y“, then we might be able to figure out what the word means.

Ortho” means “correct” or “straight“. “Graph” means “write” or “draw“. And, “y” means “the state” or “condition of“.

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