Prefixes and Suffixes Exercise (435)
Select the correct form of each missing word.
Answers and Explanations
1. She wrote about her postpartum depression in the hope that other sufferers will seek treatment.
The prefix "post-" is always closed, except before a proper noun, as in "post-Depression."
2. The character’s incessant childlike sense of wonder irritates after a while.
The suffix "-like" is hyphenated only when attached to a proper noun, such as in "Christ-like."
3. The editorial took an anti-immigration stance.
The prefix "anti-" retains a hyphen when the first letter of the root word is "i."
4. The exhibition features a collection of pre-Columbian artifacts.
The prefix "pre-" retains a hyphen when the root word is a proper noun.
5. Three pro-life demonstrators were arrested during the protest.
The prefix "pro-" is generally not hyphenated, but "pro-life" is an exception because of the awkward appearance of the unhyphenated form.