Some T prefixes
tachi—, tacho—, tachy— all imply “swift”.
tauto— means “the same”.
techno— relates to the use of technology.
tele— comes from the Greek “far off” and often refers to television or telephone.
telecast, telegraph, teleprompter, telescope
ter— means “three” or “thrice”.
tera— means a factor of one trillion (1012) or, in computing, a multiple of 240.
Some T suffixes
—t replaces the suffix —ed in some words.
gild, gilded [past tense/adjective], gilt [adjective]
spill, spilled [past tense], spilt [past participle]
spell, spelled [past tense], spelt [past participle]
spend, spent [past tense/past participle]
shall, shalt [second person singular, archaic]
—th, —eth are archaic or Biblical verb endings (third person singular, present tense).
He leadeth me beside still waters…
—th, —eth are endings that form ordinal numbers.
sixth, hundredth, millionth
—th may refer to an act, process, state, or quality.
depth, growth, health, wealth, width
—the— may refer to God or gods.
- Look through the prefixes and suffixes. Do you see any that you might use on a day-to-day basis? Create a sentence with each of those.
- For the prefixes and suffixes that look less familiar, identify where you might find them, e.g., in a scientific text or a medical paper.
Special reading assignment
- Two tigers tore through three treacle tarts.
- Time and tide wait for no man. —Geoffrey Chaucer