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Nifty Thrifty Fifty Alphabetical

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Nifty Thrifty Fifty Words
Alphabetica
l
   A  n   t   i   f  r  e  e  z  e
 
This is the root word
freeze
with the prefix
anti-
, which
means “against.” 
 
 
Other words in which
anti-
 
means “against” include
antislavery, antibody,
and
antisocial.
 
   B  e  a  u   t   i   f  u   l 
 
Beautiful is the root
beauty
with the suffix
 –
ful
and the
 y
changed to an
i.
 
The suffix
 –
ful
 
means ”ful of”, as in
painful
and
fearful
.
 
If the word to shich
 –
ful
is being added ends in
 y,
the
y
will change to
I
, as in
merciful
and
plentiful
. Otherexamples of 
 –
ful
words are
foregetful, hateful,
and
capful.
 
   C   l  a  s  s   i   f  y
 
Classify is the root word
class
with the suffix
 –
ify
.
 
Other words with
 –
ify
include
glory/glorify,sign/signify, note/notify,
and
false/falsify
.
   C  o  m  m  u  n   i   t  y
 
Community is the root word
unity
with the prefix
com-
 and the
m
doubled.
 
Com-
 
means “with or together.People who live in a
community live together in unity.
 
Other words in which the
com-
 
indicates “with ortogether” include
compose
(to put together),
combat
 (to do battle with), and
compress
(to press together).
   C  o  m  m  u  n   i   t   i  e  s
 
The plural of 
community
has the
 y
changed to
I
beforeadding the suffix
 –
es
.
 
Other examples include
country/countries,county/counties,
and
city/cities.
 
 
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   C  o  m  p  o  s  e  r
 
 A composer is a person who composes something.
 
The prefix
com-
 
means “with or together.” 
 
The root word
pose
means “put”.
 
The suffix
 –
er
 
can mean “a person or thing that doessomething” such as a writer, teac
her, or reporter.
 
When
-er
is added to a word that ends in
e
, the original
e
 is dropped before the suffix is added.
   C  o  n   t   i  n  u  o  u  s
 
This is the root word
continue
with the suffix
 –
ous
 added and the
e
dropped.
 
The suffix
 –
ous
 
means “full of”.
 
Other words containing a root word and
 –
ous
include
nervous, dangerous,
and
humorous.
 
   C  o  n  v  e  r  s  a   t   i  o  n
 
Conversation is the word
converse
with the suffix
 –
ation
 added and the
e
dropped.
 
Similar words include
reservation, invitation,
and
 information.
 
   D  e  o   d  o  r   i  z  e
 
This is the root word
odor
with the prefix
de-
and thesuffix
 –
ize
.
 
The prefix
de-
 
means “down or away”, and the suffix
 –
ize
 
means “to make”.
 
When you
deodorize
something, you take away theodor.
 
Other examples in which
de-
 
means “down or away” 
include
deflate, defrost
, and
debug
.
 
Other words with
 –
ize
include
personalize
and
computerize
.
 
When the prefix
de-
 
meaning “down or away” is added to
personalize
, it becomes
depersonalize
.
 
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   D   i   f   f  e  r  e  n   t
 
Different is the root
differ
with the suffix
 –
ent
.
 
When things differ, they are
different
.
 
Similar words are
dependent
and
excellent
.
 
When people depend on you, we say they are
dependent
.
 
When you excel at something, you are
excellent
.
   D   i  s  c  o  v  e  r  y
 
Discovery is the root word
cover
with the prefix
dis-
andthe suffix
 –
 y
.
 
The root word
cover
ca
n mean “to hide something.” 
 
 
The prefix
dis-
often changes a word to an opposite
form. It can also mean “apart.” Therefore, when you
discover something, it is no longer hidden.
 
Other words where dis- means the opposite include
disappear, disagree
, and
dishonest
.
 
Other words ending with
 –
 y
include
robbery, victory,bakery
, and
pottery
.
   D   i  s   h  o  n  e  s   t
 
This si the root word
honest
with the prefix
dis-
.
 
Dis-
can signal an opposite.
 
Other words with the prefix
dis-
include
disapprove,distasteful,
and
disobedient
.
   E   l  e  c   t  r   i  c   i   t  y
 
This is the root word
electric
with the
 –
ity
suffix.
 
Note that the spelling does not change, but thepronunciation of the
c
does.
 
Remember, it is the pronunciation of the
c
that changesin
music/musician
.
 
C
is a tricky letter. You have to expect it to assume manydifferent identities)
 
Other words follow the
electric/electricity
pattern,including
public/publicity
and
toxic/toxicity
.

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