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What is Morphemic Splitting?

How do you "prove" that a word contains a specific unit of meaning? You split the word into pieces, and each piece must contain meaning. Let's try it with a few words.

cooked splits into cook (root) + ed (suffix)
unionize splits into union (root) + ize (suffix)    or does it?
unionize = un (prefix) + ion (root) + ize (suffix)

Morphemic splitting is an extremely valuable tool, but ultimately context will help you make a final decision about a word.

Morpheme of the week:  The root PON

Enjoy this brief video that comes directly from WordBuild Elements Level 1. 
The root PON
The root PON

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