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 History of this Word

"para" ("beside, beyond") spoken by people of Greece starting about 1000 B.C.


In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

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grammar is modifier

"para-" is a type of prefix


A prefix added to the start of a word. Indicates that "beside" or "beyond" modifies the word. Created to expand meanings. Can be used with many words to form new words.

Examples of how the word is used

para- illustration In an emergency, paramedics typically are dispatched to the scene.
para- illustration The ethical writer takes great care to insure that any paraphrased text is sufficiently modified so as to be judged as new writing.