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Prefixes and suffixes

Introduce prefixes and suffixes to a mixed group of L1 and L2 students
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sandra montout

on 22 June 2011

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Transcript of Prefixes and suffixes

Antidisestablishmentarianism "opposition to disestablishment of the Church of England," 1838, " from dis- + establishment in the sense of "the ecclesiastical system established by law; the Church of England" (1731). Hence, establishmentarianism "the principle of a state church," and disestablish (1590s) "to deprive (a church) of especial state patronage and support" (first used specifically of Christian churches in 1806). Rarely used at all now except in examples of the longest words, amongst which it has been counted since at least 1923. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jingdianjiaju/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrpbps/2877492389/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/24736216@N07/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmatos/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/nostri-imago/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/flickerbulb/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/flickerbulb/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/vectorportal/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jagwired/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/pikerslanefarm/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/akeg/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/12394349@N06/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/45131642@N00/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/12394349@N06/ Adult Basic Skills Resource Centre http://www.skillsworkshop.org by Gill Gallagher. g.gallagher@barnsley.ac.uk October 2007. A prefix is a group of letters which you can add to the beginning of a root word* to change the meaning of the word. Adding suffixes to words can change or add to their meaning, but most importantly they show how a word will be used in a sentence and what part of speech (e.g. noun, verb, adjective) the word belongs to. Usually when you add a suffix to a root word the spelling of both stays the same:
e.g. care + ful = careful
But there are several important groups of words where the spelling of the root word changes when you add a suffix. There are rules to follow to avoid spelling mistakes:
'y' to 'i' rule
doubling letters rules
silent e rule e.g. extra + ordinary= extraordinary
mis + behave= misbehave You can create new words just like you can modify the appearance of your house, by adding prefixes at the beginning. You can also add extensions to the back of your house to change how you use it. This is one of the longest word in the English language. Can you spot the prefixes and suffixes? The following exercises will test your knowledge of the spelling rules. Can you work out which rule applies?
Could you write the rules for someone else? Bonus task Extension brain teaser Using the pictures below try to find as many words
related to the root word by adding prefixes and suffixes. porter 'port' root word http://www.flickr.com/photos/warrenski/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/sis/ Welcome to my house Let's make it more welcoming by adding
extensions to the front. maybe not too welcoming... http://www.flickr.com/photos/stooart/
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