The "re-" prefix
A prefix is a group of LETTERS that are placed in front of a word to give a new meaning to that word. On its own, a prefix does not have meaning. One of the prefixes that I’d like to talk about is “re-“. In general, when this prefix is used with some verbs, it means “again“.
- remake = make again
- resell = sell again
- redo = do again
- replay = play again
However, if you add “re-” to some other words, they will have two different meanings.
- remark = mark again, an opinion or comment
- resent = sent again, to be angry because you’ve been forced to accept something
- resign = sign again, to leave a job
The three words above are commonly used in our country but I’d personally avoid using them in order not to be confused. So, instead of saying:
- I’d like you to remark my test paper. (X), or
- I want a remark . (X)
it’s more accurate to say:
- I’d like you to mark my paper again. (√)