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  1. SMW
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    I need to find the root word, prefix and suffix. The word is understatement.

    I think statement is the root word.
    ment can be a suffix, but can a suffix be part of the root word?
    can un be a prefix if der is not a work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMW View Post
    I need to find the root word, prefix and suffix. The word is understatement.

    I think statement is the root word.
    ment can be a suffix, but can a suffix be part of the root word?
    can un be a prefix if der is not a work?
    In that word, "under" is the prefix, "state" is the root word, and "ment" is the suffix.

    The suffix turns the root verb into a noun. The prefix modifies the verb "state" and the noun "statement".

    No, a suffix is not part of a root word.
    No, un can't be a prefix if "der" is not a word or another prefix.

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