words with prefixes over
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We can add over or under to some words to change their meaning. We put over when we want to express the meaning of too much and under when we want to express the meaning of too few.
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WORD OF THE DAY
Explain how the parts of speech may change when a prefix is added. In the case of the prefix over-, however, both the root word and the word with the prefix added are verbs.
5. Solicit the meanings of the remaining words from the first step.
-tion is the most common suffix used in this way. For example: alteration, resignation.
Adjectives: uncomfortable, unavoidable, unimaginative, inactive, semi-circular
So what does under mean here? It means not enough – not sufficient.
If we don’t have enough insurance then we’re underinsured.
If a company doesn’t have enough workers, then it’s understaffed.
And if a worker doesn’t get paid enough, they’re underpaid.
Great. Now what about over? It’s the opposite of under and again we’ve got two meanings. The first one’s like the preposition. It means above or on top of.
A coat we wear on top of our normal clothes is an overcoat.
When we’re doing dirty work we might wear overalls. They call them coveralls in American English.
If we work more hours than usual – so on top of our normal hours, we work overtime.
OK, ready for the second meaning? What does over mean here?
Sorry. I got overemotional.
Yes, you did.