Special::prefixes    English::before    Prefix::number    Numeral::table    Books::language    Which::meaning

{{#invoke:Hatnote|hatnote}} {{#invoke:Sidebar|sidebar}}

A prefix is an affix which is placed before the stem of a word.<ref name="LanguageFiles">Vedrana Mihalicek ed. (2011). Language Files, 11th Edition. Ohio State University. pp. 152–153.</ref> Adding it to the beginning of one word changes it into another word. For example, when the prefix un- is added to the word happy, it creates the word unhappy. Particularly in the study of languages, a prefix is also called a preformative, because it alters the form of the words to which it is affixed. Prefixes, like other affixes, can be either inflectional, changing the syntactic category, or derivational, changing either the lexical category or the semantic meaning.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> In English, there are no inflectional prefixes. Prefixes, like all other affixes, are bound morphemes.<ref name="LanguageFiles" />{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Dubious |date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[dubious ] }} The word prefix is itself made up of the stem fix (meaning "attach", in this case), and the prefix pre- (meaning "before"), both of which are derived from Latin roots.

Prefix sections
Intro   In English    In other languages    See also    References    External links   

PREVIOUS: IntroNEXT: In English