STEP 1: DEFINITION
Word form in English refers to parts of speech and their usage. Words belong to families, and their forms must be carefully chosen. Nouns should be used as nouns, verbs should be used as verbs, adverbs should be used as adverbs and adjectives should be used as adjectives.
Here are three different word families:
PREFIXES AND SUFFIXES
Prefixes and suffixes can be added to root words to change their parts of speech and their meanings. For example, adding the prefix "un-" to the verb "do" creates the opposite meaning "undo." Adding the suffix "-ly" to the adjective "miserable" creates the adverb "miserably."
Errors in word form occur when incorrect parts of speech are used.
Incorrect: Please take a deep breathe.
Correct: Please take a deep breath.
Incorrect: This change will have no affect on your decision.
Correct: This change will have no effect on your decision.
Incorrect: They have many believes.
Correct: They have many beliefs.
Incorrect: That statement is not necessary true.
Correct: That statement is not necessarily true.
Incorrect: My counselor gave me some advise.
Correct: My counselor gave me some advice.
STEP 2: PRACTICE EXERCISES
STEP 3: LEARNING MORE
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