Word Families

Last updated: November 9, 2017 at 14:51 pm

family photoMany words in the English Language belong to a “family” of words. Each word in a word family is derived from the same root. By understanding how English words are formed, you can guess the meaning of a word if you know the meaning of its root.

Here are some examples.

Plaint – an accusation or charge; a complaint or lamentation.

Plantiff – a person who accuses another in a court of law.

Plaintive – sounding sad or mournful.

Liquid – a substance that flows freely but that is of constant volume.

Liquidate – to convert assets into cash.

Liquidator – a person who liquidates a business or company.

Liquidation – the act or process of liquidating a company.

Mine

Miner

Mineral

Mineralogy

Distinct

Distinctive

Distinctness

Distinction

Plenty

Plentiful

Plentifulness

Plenteous

Honor

Honorable

Honorary

Honorarium

Person

Personality

Personnel

Personable

Rebel

Rebelling

Rebellion

Rebellious

Grief

Grieve

Grievous

Grievance

Reflect

Reflective

Reflector

Reflection

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