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As you know there are different ways we can form new words. Affixation is simply one of them.

Affixes are particles that you can add to root or base words to create new ones. Affixes include prefixes and suffixes.

Watch this short video to see how this works.

 

 

As you heard, some prefixes work with some words, but not with others. The same happens with suffixes. That’s why you have to practise to learn which are adequate to each case.

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Prefixes

As for prefixes, there are many different ones and each gives the root word a new or an added meaning. Look at the list on the right:

 

 

 

Among all the prefixes, the negative ones can be particularly tricky.

Although un- and in- are the most common ones, the first consonant of the base word creates a few more variations as it is shown below.

prefixes-for-negative-adjectives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These links below can help you to practise and update your knowledge.

http://speakspeak.com/english-grammar-exercises/upper-intermediate/prefixes

http://usefulenglish.ru/writing/spelling-exercise-four

http://www.eltbase.com/quiz/008_03.htm

Suffixes

Regarding suffixes, there is also a huge variety to choose from depending on what kind of word we want to create. Some are adequate to create verbs, for example -ize or -en, while others are used for nouns or adjectives.

SUFFIXES

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This diagram is obviously not complete, but it shows the huge variety of suffixes you can find.

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Now try some practical exercises:

http://www.eltbase.com/quiz/438_01.htm

http://www.eltbase.com/quiz/438_02.htm

http://www.english-in-chester.co.uk/e-learning/lesson/suffixes/

http://www.eltbase.com/quiz/008_05.htm

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