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June 16, 2016

English Vocabulary in 365 Days - Lesson 1

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Hello everyone, first of all let me thank you for the wonderful response  for my yesterday's article. I didn't expect such a great response from you guys. As I promised, here I am sharing the 1st lesson of the series. Happy Reading :)

Note : Before reading this lesson, I sincerely request you all to re-read my yesterday's post from the Introduction part (including those 7 rules) from here. Thank you.

What am I going to teach you ?

During these 365 days, I am going to teach you 365 word elements. Which includes 75 Prefixes, 60 Suffixes and  230 Roots. With the help of these, you can recognize the meanings of almost all words in English. I am also going to give some home work with random elements, which helps you in guessing the meaning of the word. Let's start with the 1st lesson. 

Day 1 : A, An

a, an - without; not; absence of

If you find a, an in a word's prefix, then in most of the cases the word is saying something negative about the root word.

Let's try to understand this with some examples....

Word Analysis
  1. amoral (adj) = without morals.
    1. a - P = without
    2. mor (mos) - R = custom
    3. al - S = connected with
  2. anaemia (noun) = a deficiency of red blood cells or their haemoglobin
    1. an - Prefix = without
    2. aem (haima) - Root = blood
    3. ia - Suffix = disorder
Let's have a look at some more words with a, an prefixes, for better understanding.
  1. anesthesia = absence of feeling
  2. atypical = not typical or usual
  3. anaerobic = not needing oxygen
  4. anarchy = absence of government
  5. asynchronous = not existing at the same time
  6. agnostic = someone who does not know, if a god exists
  7. aseptic = without infection
  8. apathy = lack of interest, enthusiasm
  9. anonymous = not identified by name
Home Work :

Try to guess the meanings of the following elements.
  1. auto -
  2. bi - 
  3. com - 
  4. de - 
a. down
b. together
c. self
d. two

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

    Is this article helpful ? boring ? not upto the expectations ? Please share your views  in the comments section below, so that it will help me in improving myself. Thank you :)
    Shraboni Chakraborty
    Asstt. Professor
    English and Foreign Languages University,
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