Learning a language one word at a time is an approach that beginners use but once your vocabulary expands it is no longer the most effective vocabulary boosting strategy. Being familiar with prefixes can make guesswork a lot easier, both in terms of speaking English and understanding it – either in conversation or in writing.

Take the prefix ‘re’ for example, which tells you that the verb is something to do with again, again and again, or going back or backward. It’s soft grammar if you like.

In our professional lives there is a certain degree of trial and error and so repetition is a critical part of optimising processes and procedures. This is what makes our business or career life more effective and efficient. So ideally, the ‘re…’ verbs should always be on the tip of your tongue. A broad vocabulary makes your message more specific and powerful. If we can learn lots of words in batches, our vocabulary will increase faster than learning words individually.

Go through the list below and ask yourself if you really understand each one, can you use it, is the grammar around that word sounding right or a bit ‘wonky’, ‘weird’ or ‘wacky’? Not sure, then take advantage of the facebook group to try out your re words in context. Perhaps you use different ones in your career life that you think other people might appreciate examples of. So activate your English with a FB post today.

I will be focusing today on 30 ‘re’ words, that will help you to describe your business processes and procedures more effectively in English, to make a more professional and competent impression, after all, it is our ability to influence and have an impact that earns us respect as a leader or expert, isn’t it?

Rather than giving an example of each, which could be like teaching some of you to suck eggs (#1), rather I will share some self check approaches that you can do from the device in front of you.

1. Use an online dictionary, ideally English/English

2. Do a google search to find out how the word is being used in context or real life.

For more detail about the origins of this prefix and it’s usage in general terms, click here …


#1 Teaching grandmother to suck eggs …