Roots of English - 17

By Shristi|Updated : February 10th, 2017

The Overall pattern of English Language section has changed drastically in the exams conducted last year. To cope with the changing pattern, it is important to have a strong hold over vocabulary. So, in order to help you with this and improve your vocabulary, we are here with another session of our series, 'Roots of English'. Hope this will help your preparation of English language section.

English language is made up of four parts. These are -


Now if you learn these roots, you can figure out the meaning of hundreds of English language words without even knowing their exact meaning. Before we go further, let us answer some basic questions for you first.

What is a root?
A root is the part of the word which gives instructions to a word.

How many parts is a word made of?
A word is made up of three parts.

For example - Exported

Here 'Ex' is a prefix, 'port' is the root and 'ed' is the suffix.

Note: PREFIX is a word, letter or number placed before another.
SUFFIX is a letter or a group of letters added to the end of a word to change its meaning.

Case - I

Consider ‘vale’ as a ROOT (It means Strength, Worth & Valor)

Now with the help of this one root you can come out with conclusion of several other English words. Such as,

  • Valetude: State of health
  • Valetudinarian: A person who is unduly anxious about their health
  • Valedictory: A farewell address at graduation
  • Valediction: A farewell
  • Valiant: A person who is brave
  • Equivalent: Of equal value
  • Valid: having a sound basis in logic or fact
  • Valorization: Government subsidy for support of the prices of a commodity

Case - II

Let us now consider another Root – 'Neo' which means New & Recent

  • Neoblastic- Having the nature of new growth
  • Neoprene - Belonging to the tertiary period
  • Neocosmic- Relating to the present known world and races
  • Neocracy- Government by new, inexperienced officials
  • Neo-Darwinism-A new form of Darwin’s theory
  • Neofetus- A new form of Darwin’s theory
  • Neogenesis- A new formation or regeneration of tissue
  • Neogrammarian- A new, scientific direction to linguistics

Hope this session helped you understand these roots properly and in turn with your English Language Preparation. We will be back soon with another session of 'Roots of English'.

All the best for your exams..

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