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Communicative English for Engineers and Professionals by Mamta Bhatnagar, Nitin Bhatnagar

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3

Word Elements

In this unit

Colours fade, temples crumble, empires fall, but wise words endure.”

 

Edward Throndike

3.1 Introduction

A study of ‘Word Elements’ plays a significant role in the field of vocabulary building. It is practically intricate for us to remember the wide range of words just by cramming them. Knowledge of the elements of a word: root/base and affix, technically known as morphemes (from the Greek word ‘morphe’) would be a much better proposition to enrich the vocabulary of professionals including the engineers-in-making.

3.2 Roots/Base: The Core of a Word

A root is the basic part of a word that comprises ...

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