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Clemmonsdogpark Comics: Prefixes in TOEFL Vocabulary, Part 2

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Recognizing different parts of words can really help you understand TOEFL vocabulary. In this post, we’ll look at the prefix re in context. First I’ll show you re- in a Clemmonsdogpark Comic. From there, we’ll look at examples of this prefix as it might appear on different parts of the TOEFL.

The meaning of re- in TOEFL vocabulary

Re- is used in words that relate to doing something more than once… or doing something again. (A very common English word that uses re- in this sense is repeat.)

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Examples of re– in TOEFL Vocabulary

  • In a TOEFL Reading passage
    The human kidney filters out toxic or useless waste material from the body. Useful compounds such as water, nutrients, and ions can also get filtered from the blood into the kidneys. The kidneys will send these beneficial substances back to the blood stream for reabsorption.
  • In a TOEFL Listening conversation
    OK, so your experiment– where you tested how fast the vines would grow– didn’t get the results you expected. Did you try remeasuring the vines? A few of your classmates just recorded incorrect measurements. And– uh– when they measured again, they realized their predictions really were right.
  • In a TOEFL Speaking Task 5 conversation
    That’s just the problem. I can’t really study in my apartment right now. The landlord is having the whole building renovated this week, and the noise from the construction is so loud, I can’t concentrate!

The takeaway

Notice that re– can appear in grammatically different words. In this post, we see re- in a noun, verb, and past participle adjective. You can use your understanding of this prefix to improve your comprehension of both grammar and vocabulary on the TOEFL.


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