Did you know Greek and Latin words form the basis, or root, for several words in the English language? Indeed, we have borrowed from Greek, Latin, French, and almost every other classic or romance language. Why is this important? Well, sometimes we come across words that not even context clues can help us define. So, understanding the root of as many words as possible will help us decipher complex words that are unfamiliar to us.
In this way, if you understand the root, a simple suffix or prefix won't deter you from comprehension. Let's take the word antisocial, for example. As long as you remember the prefix anti- means against or opposite, and social refers to community or companionship you'll quickly understand antisocial means unfriendly or against society's norms.