Roots of English - 21

By Shristi|Updated : March 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 ‘Liver' & 'Liber’ as a ROOT means Free

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

  • Liberal- Free from prejudice
  • Libertarian- A person who advocates liberty, especially with regard to thought or conduct
  • Liberticide - Destruction of Liberty
  • Deliverance – State of being freed, release
  • Deliberation- Long and careful consideration or discussion
  • Unliberated - Not liberated
  • Neoliberal - Relating to or denoting a modified form of liberalism tending to favour free-market capitalism
  • Libertine - Characterized by free indulgence

Case - II

Root – ' Fic & Fect' means Make

  • Beneficiary - A person designated as the recipient of funds or other property under a will, trust, insurance policy, etc.
  • Deification- Making a god out of something
  • Cofection- The act or process of making something
  • Personification - The attribution of human nature or character to animals, inanimateobjects, or abstract notions, especially as a rhetorical figure
  • Versification- The act, art, or practice of composing poetic verse; the construction or measure of verse or poetry; metrical composition.
  • Affectability– The capacity to be affected or influenced
  • Affection- A gentle feeling of fondness
  • ConfectionarySweets and chocolates considered collectively.

I hope this session will help you with your English Language Preparation. We will come back soon with our next session.


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