Grammar and Composition
posted by y912f on .
ok, writeacher helped me on all of these but i still don't get this one:
find the prefix, root, and the suffix
what is the root?
The root it has is in ancient Latin. I don't think it has a root, prefix, or suffix.
You can look it up in a dictionary to find its origins.
ok..i still don't know what to put then.
i'll look in the dictionary
I already answered this. Look at the post where you first asked about this one.
i did. i dont' get it :(
What don't you get?
The prefix is obvious, and it existed in the Latin, the Old French, and the Middle English forms of this word.
The only change in the spelling of the root of the word is from "c" to "s" when it transformed from Latin to Old French.
One thing to remember about these words that come from ancient Latin through other languages and eventually into our own is that the ancient Latin we have records of was very formal and used by the highly educated people of that society. It was not street language!
When words moved (as in this case) into Old French, they were almost always words used by soldiers and their followers (wives, laundresses, cooks, aides, etc.). These people were generally not literate, and those few who did read and write in the centuries after ancient Latin was used formally were usually connected with the Church. Spelling often shifted, sometimes greatly, sometimes just a little bit, as in this word -- a "c" to an "s."