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Word Formation using Prefixes and Suffixes

Sometimes several words can be formed by adding various prefixes and suffixes to a single word root. The word root path comes from the Greek word pathos,which means 'suffering'. Ten different words can be formed by adding the prefixes and suffixes shown below to the root path. These words relate in various ways to the idea of suffering, understanding suffering in others, or disliking someone enough to feel that they are insufferable.

1. PREFIX  ROOT SUFFIX
a-   -etic (adjective)
anti-   path   -ize  (verb)
em-   -y (noun)
sym-

Students' word knowledge will increase to the extent that they understand the basic meanings and functions of the morphemes that combine to create English words.
To test your knowledge of all the possible combinations of the above three sets of morphemes, write the possible words in the text boxes below according to their part of speech.
Then click ANSWER to check your list.


1.ADJECTIVES
ANSWER
pathetic antipathetic empathetic sympathetic.
2.VERBS
ANSWER
empathize sympathize.
3.NOUNS
ANSWER
apathy antipathy empathy sympathy