Yesterday I promised to share the secret of affixation. If you are not yet familiar with the vocabulary (base word, prefix, and suffix), please see here.
First, let’s think of the base word as the front of a dog. He says something by barking. In this case, he is saying the word “attain” because he wants to gain something.
Think of the back of the dog as the suffix “-able.” Now the dog has the ability to gain what he wants.
But we still need a prefix, so let’s use “un-” to liven things up. Try as he might, the dog cannot attain what he has set out to get.
And here it is all put together.
Some of you are nodding your heads because you understand quickly. The rest of you need another example.
In this case, the front of the dog is the base word “describe” because he wants to tell us what he has found.
We will use the same suffix as above in order not to introduce too many new terms and confuse the ones who sit in the back.
This makes our little dog happy.
But (yes, we will throw in another but) let’s go ahead and add the prefix “in-,” which again makes everything impossible. And voila, our mutt can no longer describe what he has found, but in this instance, he can still enjoy it.
Before I can show you how this word looks, the “e” in “describe” must be surgically removed. It requires a great deal of skill. Watch and learn.
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