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Prefix - Glossary of Terms


Prefix

A prefix is added to the front of a word to change its meaning.  Both prefixes and suffixes (added to the back) are affixes. Prefixes are sometimes hyphenated.

Examples:

anti-war (prefix "anti"), preconception (prefix "pre"), postnatal (prefix "post")
 

Interactive xample:
Anti-government troops rallied around the ex-President on the square. [show me the prefixes]
 
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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