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    #1

    Post roots are useless!

    transcontinental
    "... America built the first transcontinental railroad across the country ..."
    intercontinental
    "... finding good food around
    intercontinental Airport ..."
    we can distinguish between them via
    prefixes, but Roots I don't think so. Such as; reinforce, unpredictable, etc.
    I reed about roots more than one Billion times. Any advice?

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    #2

    Re: roots are useless!

    What? I don't know what you are asking. What does "reinforce" or "unpredictable" have to do with anything?

    The point is that if you know "trans" and "inter" it helps you understand words that use those prefixes. But, yes, you need to know the root words. There is no shortcut to knowing the root words other than building your vocabulary by reading and reading some more.

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    #3

    Re: roots are useless!

    And don't forget that we also have suffixes.

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