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Chapter 18. Guide to Spelling: Hooked on... > Attaching Prefixes and Suffixes: Bit... - Pg. 182

Guide to Spelling: Hooked on Phonics 182 Mnemonics are memory tricks that help you remember everything from the order of the planets to your grocery list. For example, to remember how to spell principal, look at the last three letters: the principal is your pal. Principle, in contrast, ends in le, like rule (which is what principle means). Create your own mnemonics to conquer spelling demons. 7. Use word cards.Those flash cards you used in elementary school still work quite nicely with spelling, thank you very much. Try this three-step plan: As you read through this chapter, write each difficult-to-spell word on a 3×5 index card, one word per card. 2. Study the cards every chance you get. 3. Take them with you on the bus, train, and plane; hide them in your lap and sneak a peek during dull meetings. Visualize.Think about how the word is spelled; get a clear mental picture of the word. This will help you remember the word and spell it correctly in the future. 1. 8. Attaching Prefixes and Suffixes: Bits and Pieces Prefixes are word parts you add to the beginning of a word to change its meaning; suffixes are word parts you add to the end of a word to change its meaning. Because many useful words are created by adding prefixes and suffixes to root words, you can save a lot of time wondering "Did I spell this sucker correctly?" by knowing how to add prefixes and suffixes. Let's take a look at the guidelines. You Could Look It Up