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5.23: The Prefix Mis-

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The Prefix Mis-

1. The twelve words below all contain the same prefix:

\begin{align*}& \text{mislaid} && \text{mismatch} && \text{miscues} && \text{misshaped} \\ & \text{misspell} && \text{misdeeds} && \text{misjudge} && \text{misunderstand} \\ & \text{mistrust} && \text{mismanaged} && \text{misquote} && \text{mistreatment} \end{align*}mislaidmisspellmistrustmismatchmisdeedsmismanagedmiscuesmisjudgemisquotemisshapedmisunderstandmistreatment

What is the prefix in these words? __________

2. Copy each of the twelve words into the table below and analyze it into its prefix and free stem, as we've done with misshaped:

Word = Prefix + Free Stem
misshaped = mis + shaped
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3. Not all words that start with the letters <mis> contain the prefix mis-. Read over the following words carefully. Try taking the <mis> away from each of them. Among these words if after you take away the <mis>, you have a free stem left over, you know you have the prefix mis-. But if you do not have a free stem left over, you do not have the prefix mis-:

\begin{align*}& \text{mislay} && \text{misery} && \text{mismanage} && \text{mission} \\ & \text{misty} && \text{mismatches} && \text{misleading} && \text{mistake} \\ & \text{misread} && \text{mister} && \text{missile} && \text{missed} \end{align*}mislaymistymisreadmiserymismatchesmistermismanagemisleadingmissilemissionmistakemissed

Sort the twelve words into these two groups:

Words that contain the prefix mis-: Words that do not contain the prefix mis-:

4. Combine the following prefixes, free stems, and suffixes. Show any cases of twinning, final <e> deletion, and changes of <y> to \begin{align*}<\text{i}>\end{align*}<i>:

Prefixes + Free Stems + Suffixes = Words
mis + shap\begin{align*}\cancel{\text{e}}\end{align*} + ed = misshaped
mis + judge + ed =
mis + take + en =
re + move + ing =
wrap + er =
quiz + ed =
un + tap + ed =
if + y =
un + decide + ed =
in + ing =

5. Try some the other way around. Analyze the words below into prefixes, free stems, and suffixes:

Word = Prefix + Free Stem + Suffix
mistakes = mis + tak\begin{align*}\cancel{e}\end{align*} + s
refinishes =
unblinking =
mishaps =
removed =
mismanaging =
untried =

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