Word Root Exercise: Phil/o, Phile

It’s an extremely productive root in English, so this worksheet on the Greek word roots phil/o and phile might benefit students across a fairly wide band of ability and understanding to build their vocabularies. They mean love, attracted to, affinity for, and a natural liking.

Which is why you see this root show up in a wide variety of English words like audiophile and bibliophile (respectively, a lover of sound and of books), philanthropist (lover of humanity, which in modern parlance, connotes a willingness to stake capital on the improvement of humanity), and philosophy (love of wisdom).

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

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