Grammar: Word Formation


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In today’s English Language class, We will be discussing Word Formation. We hope you enjoy the class!


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TOPIC: Word Formation


Review of Prefix and Suffix

Affixes are small word bits like –s, -ed added to the base forms of particular words. Affixes are of two main types: prefix and suffix.

Prefixes are affixes added to the base form of words.


Prefix         Word                Word formed

Un            happy                 unhappy

Non           violent                 non-violent

Il                logical                 illogical

Im               patience           impatience

In                 accurate         inaccurate

Dis              connect            disconnect

Mis              calculate           miscalculate

Super           star                   superstar

Over              eat                  overeat

Pre               independence       pre-independence

Post             primary                post-primary


Suffixes are added to the end of the base forms. Examples:

Suffixes              Word           Word formed

Ness                 happy              happiness

Ify                    diverse                diversify

En                     dark                       darken

Ful                    spoon                    spoonful

Al                      nation                  national

Ship                    owner                ownership

Or                      act                        actor

Ion                       educate               education

Hood                   child                      childhood

Less                     power                      powerless


Underline the prefixes or suffixes in the following words: counterattack, downwards, subhuman, disappointment, assistant, introduction, clockwise, illiterate, maltreat, hypercautious.


Exam Focus English JSSCE p. 96-100.



TOPIC: Speech Work

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CONTENT: Revising the Sounds: /ae/ and /a:/

Listen and say the following word

/ae/          /a:/

Ban       barn

Cat          cart

Pat            part

Hat            hart

Bat            bart

As             ask

Pack          park


Write two words for each of these sounds.




  1. Write an essay on the title ‘My Future Ambition’.
  2. Give the comparative and superlative form of the following words:
      1. soon b. hard c. fast             d. early          e. beautiful
  3. Change the following sentences to past perfect tense,

e.g I eat rice and beans before going to school.

Ans. I had eaten rice and beans before going to school.

Now, do these:

      1. Ade sees the plane when it takes off.
      2. John and Nash meet with Ade after the programme.
      3. My teacher flogs me for coming late.
      4. We take the money before my father returns.
      5. Bode has finished his work before going home.



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