Happy #morphememonday everyone! Can you believe that now it is November, #morphememondays has existed for 4 months and this is the 18th post. In those 18 posts, we have covered 51 morphemes!


I hope you are enjoying this journey as much as I am; so without further ado, let’s continue down the path of becoming more morphologically aware!

Origin: Greek

Definition: earth, soil, global

Examples: geoponic, geocyclic, geometrician, geodetic, geognosy

<geo> + <graph> + <y> = geography

<geo> + <ology> + <ist> = geologist

<geo> + <morph> + <ic> = geomorphic

<geo> + <therm> + <al> = geothermal

<geo> + <metre> + <y> = geometry

  • Technically speaking, <geo> is a Greek combining form
  • This combining form is one that can easily be taught in context in social studies class and reviewed anytime a new vocabulary word is introduced with it.

Origin: Latin

Definition: keep, save, guard

Examples: serve, service, observatory, servile, conserve

<serv> + <er> = server

<sub> + <serv> = subserve

<serv> + i + <ette> = serviette

<pre> + <serv> + <ate> + <ion> = preservation

<re> + <serv> + <ist> = reservist

  • This base is one that while helpful, it is not essential it is taught during elementary school. However, it could be taught in context when vocabulary words containing it are introduced in the curriculum.
  • This base may have a connector vowel between it and a suffix to ease the transition between the two. Example: Serviette
  • If this base is found at the end of a word, then an ‘e’ is added to it because English words do not end with the letter ‘v’. Examples: observe & deserve

Origin: Old English

Definitions: made of, to make, plural form

Examples: oxen, written, fallen, woolen, heighten

<sharp> + <en> = sharpen

< broad> + <en> = broaden

<froze> + <en> = frozen

<molt> + <en> = molten

<soft> + <en> = soften

  • This suffix and its various meanings are important to understand. It should be taught on two separate occasions.

    • This suffix should be taught as an extension to plural forms of words as it comes up in the curriculum. This should not be formally introduced until students understand plurals on a more basic level.
    • The definitions of ‘to make’ and ‘made of’ should be taught so that individuals can understand how it can be used to discuss the materials things are made of. 

Last week, October 28, 2019, the morphemes were the prefix <tele>, the root <anni> and the suffix <ade>.

Next week, November 11, 2019, the morphemes will be the prefix <deca>, the root <rupt> and the suffix <ist>.

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