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Incorrect Prefixes and Suffixes

A prefix is a word part placed at the beginning of the word that changes the meaning (such as un- or dis-).

  • Incorrect: The other team is so strong that our team is at an unadvantage.

  • Correct: The other team is so strong that our team is at a disadvantage.

A suffix is placed at the end and changes the meaning or tense of a word (such as –ly or -ed). Be sure that you are using the correct prefix or suffix to ensure you do not make up words.

  • Incorrect: She is beautiness.

  • Correct: She is beautiful.

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