See comments. English has been called one the most difficult languages for non-native speakers to learn. One reason is that English has so many rules — and almost as many exceptions of those rules! Sometimes, this leaves learners confused. For example, the order of words in a sentence can be tricky. Another reason English is hard to learn is that the pronunciation of its words cannot always be predicted by their spelling.
Root Words, Roots and Affixes
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Greek Root Words can be found in English in the form of adjective, adverb, noun, verb and what not! Even many famous English names are actually Greek Root Words. The following is the list of 30 commonly used Greek Roots along with their meanings and the different words made from these Greek Root Words:. Greek Root: anti Meaning: opposing Root Words: antithesis, antibiotic, antidote. Greek Root: bio Meaning: life Root Words: biographical, biography, biohazard. Greek Root : biblio Meaning: book Root Words: bibliography, bibliomania, biblioklept. Greek Root: chrome Meaning: colour Root Words: chromatic, chrome, chromium.
60 Greek & Latin Roots Word Wall Cards, Root Examples, & Matching Activity
Words and word roots may also combine with suffixes. Here are examples of some important English suffixes that come from Greek:. Greek root Basic meaning Example words -anthrop- human misanthrope, philanthropy, anthropomorphic -chron- time anachronism, chronic, chronicle, synchronize, chronometer -dem- people democracy, demography, demagogue, endemic, pandemic -morph- form amorphous, metamorphic, morphology -path- feeling, suffering empathy, sympathy, apathy, apathetic, psychopathic -pedo-, -ped- child, children pediatrician, pedagogue -philo-, -phil- having a strong affinity or love for philanthropy, philharmonic, philosophy -phon- sound polyphonic, cacophony, phonetics. Greek prefix Basic meaning Example words a-, an- without achromatic, amoral, atypical, anaerobic anti-, ant- opposite; opposing anticrime, antipollution, antacid auto- self, same autobiography, automatic, autopilot bio-, bi- life, living organism biology, biophysics, biotechnology, biopsy geo- Earth; geography geography, geomagnetism, geophysics, geopolitics hyper- excessive, excessively hyperactive, hypercritical, hypersensitive micro- small microcosm, micronucleus, microscope mono- one, single, alone monochrome, monosyllable, monoxide neo- new, recent neonatal, neophyte, neoconservatism, neofascism, neodymium pan- all panorama, panchromatic, pandemic, pantheism thermo-, therm- heat thermal, thermometer, thermostat.
Show AWL words on this page. Show sorted lists of these words. Word roots, along with prefixes and suffixes , are a useful way to build vocabulary. This page explains what word roots are and gives examples of some common roots. At the end there are some exercises to help you practise.