Unit 5: Women and Power
- Violence: actions or words which are intended to hurt people.
- Stereotype: an exaggerated or wrong image of the characteristics of a particular group.
- Feminism: a movement which claims to advocate the right of women.
- Self-confidence: a belief in one’s own abilities and skills.
- International women’s day: an occasion celebrated by women’s groups around the world on march 8th.
- Emancipation: freeing someone socially and politically.
- Polygamy: having more than one spouse/wife.
- Gender: male or female.
Prefixes and Suffixes
A prefix is a group of letters at the beginning of a word that changes the word’s meaning.
Example: dis – pre – contr – anti – re – post – out – co – mis
Disappear – prehistoric – antibiotic – re-elect – post-war – outnumbered – co-exist – misunderstand
A suffix is a group of letters at the end of a word that changes the word’s meaning and often its part of speech.
Example: -cy –al -ance -ence –ism -able, -ible
privacy refusal – maintenance – eminence – communism – edible, presentable.
Click here to see a list of COMMON PREFIXES AND SUFFIXES
Functions: Expressing Addition and Concession
- In addition / moreover / also / furthermore:
Educated women have a big influence on society, moreover, they contribute to the welfare of their families.
- As well as / besides:
Moroccan rural women need education as well as health care.
- Along with /In addition to +verb (ing):
Along with studying, Loubna helps her mother with the housework.
In addition to studying, Loubna helps her mother with the housework.
- Not only…but …also…:
Loubna not only studies but also helps her mother with the housework
- Although / though / even though / however / yet + subject + verb:
- Although women’s situation has improved, it still needs more.
- Many girls can attend school, yet their situation is far from perfect.
- Despite – in spite of + verb (ing):
- In spite of being blind, Helen Keller wrote famous novels
- He always comes on time to school despiteliving far from it.
Note: In spite of the fact that / Despite the fact that Sohayb is one of the best students in his class, he doesn’t like school.
Grammar: Passive Voice
This lesson is thoroughly tackled here: PASSIVE VOICE