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Section: 3 Word Analysis > Roots: Seeing and Communicating

Chapter 15. Roots: Seeing and Communicating

English is based on Anglo-Saxon with strong influences from Latin, because Latin was the language of the Romans, who conquered Britain. English has borrowed many words or parts of words. These influences and borrowings help explain why we often have several different words that have very similar meanings. In this sense, our language is an extremely rich one.

Roots have been mentioned in previous lessons as the “core” of a word. The root of a word is its heart, before the addition of a prefix to the beginning or a suffix to the end of the word.


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