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#30 Different Spellings of the Prefix "In"

Prefixes often undergo spelling changes depending upon the stem to which they are affixed. The prefix in, for...

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#29 Plowing the Roots Field with "Tract"or

The Latin root word tract means “drag” or “pull.” This root word gives rise to many English...

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#28 Prefixes and the Prefix "In"

Prefixes are key morphemes in English vocabulary. The prefix in, which means “in, on, or not,” appears...

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#27 Reverse Versus Obverse

The Latin root word vers means “turned.” This root gives rise to many English vocabulary words,...

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#26 Quixotic, Gargantuan Leviathan!

Words from which eponyms derive play a smaller role than Latin and Greek root words in forming English vocabulary,...

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#25 Sail into "Port"

The important Latin root word port means ‘carry.’ Some common English words that use this root include...

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#24 Sensational 'Sens' & 'Sent'

The Latin root sent and its variant form sens mean to ‘feel.’ Some common English words that come from...

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#23 The Final Word

The Latin root word fin means an ‘end,’ as in a ‘boundary’ or ‘limit.’ Some...

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#22 Prefix Assimilation: Mangled Letters

Common prefixes like in- and con- sometimes change their form in English words. The prefix roots in combine , collate...

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#21 'Vert' Convert

The Latin root word vert means ‘turn.’ This root gives rise to many English vocabulary words, including...

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#20 Dictionaries Say It All!

The Latin root word dict and its variant dic both mean ‘say.’ Some common English vocabulary words that...

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#19 'Fect': Done to Perfection

The English word root fect comes from a Latin verb meaning ‘make’ or ‘do.’ Some common...

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#18 Log In!

The Greek root word log means ‘word,’ and its variant suffix -logy means ‘study (of).’ Some...

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#17 Living with 'Bio'

The Greek root word bio means ‘life.’ Some common English vocabulary words that come from this root word...

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#16 'Fact' the Word Factory

It’s a fact that the Latin root word fact has ‘made’ many words in English; in point of fact, it...

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#15 Into the Fold

The English stem plic comes from a Latin root word meaning ‘fold.’ Some common English words that come...

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#14 Don't make this more dif'fic'ult than it should be.

The Latin root word fic means to ‘make.’ A good number of common English vocabulary words come from this...

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#13 Carry That Lat(te) over Here!

It’s time to consider the relative importance of the Latin word root lat which means to ‘carry.’...

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#12 Dukes of 'Duc'

The Latin root words duc and duct mean to ‘lead.’ Some common English vocabulary words that come from...

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#11 Carry Me Fer(ry)!

Just like a ferry carries people across the water, so too does the Latin word root fer mean to ‘carry.’...

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