Roots of English - 18

By Shristi|Updated : February 17th, 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 ‘'NASC & NAT’ as a ROOT means To Be Born & To Spring Forth

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

  • Nascent - Just Coming into existence
  • Natal - Relating to Birth
  • Native - Belonging to by birth
  • Naturalize - To give citizenship to the foreign born
  • Naturopathy - A system of alternative medicine
  • Renascences - Revival of something that has been dormant
  • Nascency - Beginning to exist or develop

Case - II

Root – 'Para' means Beside, Alongside & Position

  • Parabiosis- Union of two organisms
  • Paracentral- Lying near a center or central part
  • Parachronism- a chronological error in which a person, event, etc., is assigned a date later than the actual one
  • Parachute- appoint or be appointed in an emergency or from outside the existing hierarchy.
  • Parade- Assemble for a formal inspection
  • Paradigm - An example; a model
  • Paraclete- A helper; comforter; a term applied to the Holy Spirit
  • Paradise - An ideal or idyllic place or state.

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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