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What is the prefix in the word destruction?

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What is the prefix in the word destruction?

Identifying Prefixes

Prefixes are word parts that are added to the beginning of words or roots to form new words. The prefix changes the meaning of the word. For example, the 'un-' in the word 'unhappy' is a prefix.

Answer and Explanation:

The word 'destruction' does not have a prefix.

While the letters 'de-' can be a prefix, as in the words defrost, defrizz, and defang, in the word 'destruction' the letters 'de-' are not a prefix.

The prefix 'de-' means 'to take something away from.' In 'defang,' for example, fangs are being taken away from a snake.


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