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Parts of Speech

noun
n
a person, place or thing
pronoun
pro
a word used in place of a noun
verb
v
an action word
adjective/adverb
adj/adv
a describing word
preposition
prep
a word used to show a relation
conjunction
conj
a joining word
interjection
int
a short word of emotion
determiner
det
a word used before a noun to show what the noun refers to ("Do you own any books?")

Common Prefixes

A prefix is a part-word added to the beginning of another word to change its meaning.

anti-
against, opposed to
anti-government
dis-
not
dishonest, disobey
pro-
for, supporting
pro-government
re-
to do again
reorganize, reunite
self-
acted upon/by self
self-declared, self-appointed
un-
not
unusual, unhappy

Common Suffixes

A suffix is a part-word added to the end of a word to change its meaning.

These four may be added to a word to mean the person or thing that does the action suggested by the word.

-ist
art > artist
-er
paint > painter
-or
act > actor
-ant
serve > servant

These five can change a verb into a noun closely related to the verb.

-ment
agree > agreement
-age
marry > marriage
-tion
protect > protection
-sion
invade > invasion
-ing
I like to read > I like reading

This suffix can change some nouns into adjectives.

-ful
care > careful
 
wonder > wonderful

And this one can change some adjectives into nouns.

-ness
willing > willingness

US/UK English

The British English way of writing words in our list, where it is different from American English.

American > British
airplane > aeroplane
apologize > apologise
archeology > archaeology
baptize > baptise
behavior > behaviour
center > centre
color > colour
cooperate > co-operate
criticize > criticise
gram > gramme
gray > grey
honor > honour
humor > humour
labor > labour
meter > metre
organize > organise
recognize > recognise
specialize > specialise
theater > theatre
 

English Expressions

These are some of the expressions we have used and explained in our programs.

Slang
words that people use in their own every day language. They are not official words. People who speak the same language but live in different countries may not understand each other's slang.
Living the good life
living without problems, being happy, and having everything that you need.
Road rage
the anger many people feel today when they drive in their cars. This anger is often caused by other people who drive badly, or by too much traffic. Some people get out of their cars and fight in the street.
Daily bread
anything that a person needs every day to survive.
His days are numbered
a person only has a particular number of days to live before he dies or before something bad happens to him.
Doubting Thomas
a person who is never sure that the things people tell him are true. Thomas was a follower of Jesus who could not believe that Jesus was alive, even though all his friends said it was true.
Blind leading the blind
a situation where one person teaches another but does not know any more than the person he teaches.
Prodigal son
a person who takes money from his friends or family and wastes it on bad things. In the original story, the son returns to his family and asks them to forgive him.
The Eleventh Hour
the time immediately before something important (and often bad) happens.

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Acknowledgements

We copied many meanings from this website:
VoA Special English - www.voanews.com/specialenglish/
Voice of America
Washington, DC 20547
USA

Please note that we have no connection with VoA. However, 93% of the words we use come from the VoA list. Please refer to the VoA word list if the differences are important to you.