Last week we took a look at Suffixes. This week we will look at Prefixes.
- Prefixes are letters we put in front of a word to create a different meaning.
There is a problem with Prefixes. It is unclear if we should use a Hyphen or not. Unfortunately there are no simple rules with using Hyphens. You must memorize which Prefix uses one.
Ex– and Self- should always have a Hyphen.
Most Common Prefixes
The four most common Prefixes account for over 95% of prefixed words. They are dis–, in–, re–, and un–.
The best way to learn Prefixes is by reading. Whenever you see a Prefix, write it down and pay attention to whether you need a hyphen!!
You can borrow a book from Paola’s office for free from Lexis!