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What are some examples of root words?

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Some examples of root words include: "multi," meaning "many;" "fort," meaning "strength;" "contra," meaning "against;" "micro," meaning "small;" and "bio," meaning "life." Root words combine with prefixes, suffixes or other root words to form English words, notes Reading Rockets. For example, "bio" combines with "ology" to form the word "biology."

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What are some examples of root words?
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Many root words used in English come from either Latin or Greek; and, they are not typically stand-alone words. For example, "audi" is a Latin root word, that means "to hear;" and, it forms words such as "audience," "audition" and "audible." One example of a Greek root word is "chron," which means "time." It forms words such as "chronological," "synchronize" and "chronic."

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