Root words are base words. They are have a meaning by themselves and can stand alone in a sentence.Originally Posted by Ahmad
A prefix is an incomplete word, one that has a meaning, but cannot stand alone. It is added at the front of a root word to modify the root word's meaning.
A suffix is like a prefix, except that it is added to the end of a root word and can be used to change the root word's part of speech, tense, person, number, or meaning.
We can build words from these building blocks.
Take the root word "hope". We can add the suffix -ful to make hopeful. Now "hope" changed into an adjective. We can add another suffix -ly to make hopefully, an adverb.
I have to run. More later. :wink: