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15.21: The Set of Bound Bases miss and mit

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The Set of Bound Bases miss and mit

1. In the miss, mit set there is a verb-noun pairing for the bound bases miss and mit much like others with which you've worked:

Verbs Nouns
admit admission
commit commission
emit emission
intermit intermission
omit omission
permit permission
remit remission
submit submission
transmit transmission

In this array verbs have the base mit and nouns have the base miss.

2. Mit and miss come from a Latin verb that had the meaning “let go, cause to go, send.” Those root meanings are fairly clear in most of the words in this array, if you remember the meanings of some prefixes:

\begin{align*}& ad- \ \text{“to, toward”} && inter- \ \text{“between, among”} \\ & com- \ \text{“with, together”} && re- \ \text{“again, back”} \\ & ex- \ \text{“out, away”} && trans- \ \text{“across”}\end{align*}

Be ready to discuss the connections you see in these words between what the prefixes and bases mean and what the words mean today.

3. Combine these elements into words, showing any changes that take place when the elements combine:

Elements Word
trans + mit + t + er transmitter
com + miss + ion + er commissioner
com + miss + ar commissar
ad + mit + t + ance admittance
miss + ile missile
com + mit + ment commitment
e\begin{align*}\cancel{x}\end{align*} + miss + ion emission
sub + miss + ive + ly submissively
miss + ion + ary missionary
dis + miss + al dismissal

4. Now try some the other way around. Analyze these words into prefixes, bases, and suffixes, showing any changes:

Word Analysis
emitted e\begin{align*}\cancel{x}\end{align*} + mit + t + ed
intermissions inter + miss + ion + s
admittedly ad + mit + t + ent
intermittent inter + mit + t + ent
permissible per + miss + ible
remittance re + mit + t + ance
submitted sub + mit + t + ed
dismissed dis + miss + ed
missionaries miss + ion + ar\begin{align*}\cancel{y}\end{align*}+ i + es
committees com + mit + t + ee + s
omitted o\begin{align*}\cancel{b}\end{align*} + mit + t + ed
remission re + miss + ion

Teaching Notes.

The Latin verb from which mit and the bound base miss in this set descend was mittere. The bound base miss comes from the Latin past participle missus; the bound base mit comes from the stem of the infinitive mittere. This base miss is not related to either of the free bases miss- neither the verb miss “to fail to hit” (which came from Old English) or the noun miss, as in “Miss Johnson” (which is a shortening of Mistress).

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