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Affixes

An affix can be added to the root of a word to change its meaning.  An affix added to the front of a word is known as a prefix.  One added to added to the back is known as a suffix.  (Sometimes, prefixes are hyphenated.)  

Examples:

incapable (prefix "in"), ex-President (prefix "ex"), laughing (suffix "ing")

Interactive example:

 
The ex-president began singing to the anti-tax demonstrators. [show me the affixes]
 
When connected to a title, a prefix is not written with a capital letter (unless it starts the sentence).

I met ex-President Clinton.
Associated pages:
 
Hyphens in prefixes
Glossary of grammatical terms
 
 

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