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Last term you studied prefixes. You learnt that a prefix is an affix that is placed before the stem or root of a word so as to form another word. You also learnt that there are two types of prefixes – reversative and preservative.

When a prefix is placed before the root of a word, the word is reversed and a new word which is the opposite (antonym) of the original word is formed.

Examples:

Prefix   Root Word    Antonym
un  happy   unhappy
mis       apply  misapply
in attentive  inattentive  
irregularirregular
illegibleillegible

In this lesson and the next, we will be considering the second type of prefixes – preservative prefixes.

Preservative Prefixes

To preserve means to ensure that something is kept and not tampered with. Unlike the reservative prefix which forms the opposite of a word, the preservative prefix keeps the original or root word and still preserves the meaning. The prefix re is usually used. It often means ‘to do something again’.

For instance, re-write simply means write again.

Look at the following words:

examine  re-examine
assurereassure
affirmreaffirm
addressreaddress
adjustreadjust
admitreadmit
alignrealign
allocatereallocate
arrangerearrange
appearreappear
appointreappoint
applyreapply
awakenreawaken
assemblereassemble
brandrebrand
boundrebound
capturerecapture
castrecast
claimreclaim
chargerecharge
considerreconsider
createrecreate
constructionreconstruction
designredesign
assessreassess

Individual Activity

Using a dictionary, do the following:

1.   List ten root words.

2.   Using the preservative prefix re, form new words from the root words.

3.   Use each of the new words in a sentence of your own.

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