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PREFIXES

5 Prefixes: VER-, BE-, GE-, HER-, ONT-.

Prefixes are pronounced like separate words. Do not second guess about how to combine it with the rest of the word - you don't. Say the prefix, then the root. VER, GE, and BE have the same E sound HER is different.

Think of each word as clay, the prefix is hard baked, and the rest of the word is soft. Just use the prefix as is, every time, then say the rest of the word -- even if it sounds like you are saying two words (the prefix and the root).

 

  1. VER-

verbuy • versell • verbake • verpaint • versole
versit • vershelf • verbite • vercatch

 

(Eng: first, fur, 'R' rolled like in Spanish)

 

  2. BE-

bebuy • besell • bebake • bepaint • besole
besit • beshelf • bebite • becatch

 

(Eng: birth, biscuit)

 

  3. GE-

gebuy • gesell • gebake • gepaint • gesole
gesit • geshelf • gebite • gecatch

 

(Eng: girl, Gertrude; don't block the flow of air when pronouncing the G)

 

  4. HER-

herbuy • hersell • herbake • herpaint • hersole
hersit • hershelf • herbite • hercatch

 

(Eng: Harry, hassle + R)

 

  5. ONT-

ontbuy • ontsell • ontbake • ontpaint • ontsole
ontsit • ontshelf • ontbite • ontcatch

 

(Eng: ON + T, awning)

 

All Prefixes with English Roots Attached


ge
see
veralter
bebook
herpart
onttake
gelook
herbox
geline
bewhip
vertook
betickle
ontrope
hersaddle


ge
call
bebullet
vercall
be
fly
ontcrawl
hersite
gecarry
berust
verscratch
bebreech
herpickle
gesalt
ver
pester

be
grab
versin
ontseek
gesolve
hershook
gebomb
her
ball
gesling
betrip
versoul
befist
ontask
gealter

ver
old
beend
herpeel
onthackle
georder
hershoot
geenter
beeat
vertalk
ont
strap
gejump
herstumble
geangle

be
arid
vertreat
bepost
geream
verreek
bestake
herbranch
ontward
herdust
gecraft
becool
verheat
herorder