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GRAMMAR & STRUCTURE
Prefixes & Suffixes

 
 

Definition

Prefixes and suffixes are small parts of words that are added to a word to change the meaning. Prefixes are added to the beginning of a word. Suffixes are added to the end of a word.

Example

Prefix

"happy" becomes "unhappy" when you add the prefix "un"
("un-" means "not," so "unhappy" means "not happy")

Suffix

"paint" becomes "painter" when you add the suffix "-er"
("-er" means "person who does something," so "painter" means "the person who paints")

Explanation

Prefixes and Suffixes --

  • can be added to the beginning of a word. These are called prefixes.
  • can be added to the end of a word. These are called suffixes.
  • can be added to nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs.

Related Sections

Parts of Speech