Prefixes and Suffixes Exercise (435)

Select the correct form of each missing word.

  • She wrote about her ________ depression in the hope that other sufferers will seek treatment.

  • The character’s incessant ________ sense of wonder irritates after a while.

  • The editorial took an __________ stance.

  • The exhibition features a collection of _________ artifacts.

  • Three ______ demonstrators were arrested during the protest.

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.

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