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July 06, 2016

English Vocabulary in 365 Days - Lesson 17

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Hello everyone, in our Lesson 16, we learnt about the prefixes Com, Col, Con, Cor and CoCom, Col, Con, Cor, Co represent  the meanings with; togetherToday we shall see the prefixes Contra, Contro. Happy Reading :)

Day 17 : Contra, Contro

  • contra, contro - against; opposite
Let's try to understand this with some examples....
  • Contradiction (noun) = speak against.
    • contra - Prefix = against
    • dic (discere) - Root = speak
    • tion - Suffix = the result of
  • Controversy (noun) = dispute.
    • contro - Prefix = against 
    • vers (versus) - Root = to turn
    • y - Suffix = the action of
      Let's have a look at some more words with contra, contro prefixes, for better understanding.
      • contrary = against something
      • contrast = to stand against
      • controller = a person who manages or direct something
      • contraindication = a lack of agreement between facts, opinions
      • contraption = a machine or device that appears strange or unnecessarily complicated, and often badly made or unsafe
      • contradict = to say the opposite of what someone else has said
      • controvert = deny the truth of (something) / argue about (something)
      • contravention =  an action which offends against a law
        Home Work :

        Try to guess the meanings of the following elements.
        1. -acy
        2. -cracy
        3. -ate
        4. -ee
        a. rule of
        b. a person affected by an action
        c. the state of
        d. cause to be

        Try to match the above elements with given meanings.  Solve it on your own and

        That's all for today guys..... Thank you :)

        You can read Old Lessons of this series from here
        Shraboni Chakraborty
        Asstt. Professor
        English and Foreign Languages University,

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