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Noun Formations: Adding Prefixes

In this worksheet, students practise using prefixes and then create noun formations.

'Noun Formations: Adding Prefixes' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  English

Curriculum subtopic:  Spelling: Prefixes & Suffixes

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

A prefix is a letter or group of letters added to the beginning of a word. Knowing what a prefix means can help us to understand new words.

 

For example, if we add the prefix co- to a word, it means 'together'.

 

If a person is a co-author of a book it means they have written it with someone else.

(We use a hyphen because without it the word coauthor would have three vowels together and would be difficult to read.)

 

The prefix anti- means 'against'.

 

We use antiseptic cream to stop a wound from becoming septic (infected).

Add the prefix anti- to the following word to make a new word.

 

freeze

Add the prefix anti- to the following word to make a new word.

 

clockwise

Add the prefix anti- to the following word to make a new word. You need a hyphen for this one.

 

hero

Add the prefix co- to the following word to make a new word.

 

operate

Add the prefix co- to the following word to make a new word. You need a hyphen this time.

 

education

Add the prefix co- to the following word to make a new word.

 

ordinate

Add the prefix co- to the following word to make a new word. You need a hyphen for this one.

 

star

Add the prefix co- to the following word to make a new word. This one doesn't need a hyphen.

 

incidence

Sometimes the prefix com- has the same meaning as co-. Look at the list of words starting with com- and decide which ones have the meaning of things or people coming together.

 

Tick two boxes.

comb

community

computer

combine

comma

Sometimes the prefix col- has the same meaning as co-. Look at the list of words starting with col- and decide which ones have the meaning of things or people coming together.

 

Tick two boxes.

column

colour

collaborate

cold

collide

  • Question 1

Add the prefix anti- to the following word to make a new word.

 

freeze

CORRECT ANSWER
antifreeze
anti-freeze
EDDIE SAYS
Lots of words with the prefix anti- can be spelt with or without a hyphen.
  • Question 2

Add the prefix anti- to the following word to make a new word.

 

clockwise

CORRECT ANSWER
anticlockwise
anti-clockwise
  • Question 3

Add the prefix anti- to the following word to make a new word. You need a hyphen for this one.

 

hero

CORRECT ANSWER
anti-hero
EDDIE SAYS
An anti-hero is a character in a book or film who doesn\'t behave in the way that heroes normally behave.
  • Question 4

Add the prefix co- to the following word to make a new word.

 

operate

CORRECT ANSWER
co-operate
cooperate
EDDIE SAYS
Words with the prefix co- are often spelt with a hyphen, but not always. Both these spellings are correct. To cooperate (or co-operate) means to work together towards a goal.
  • Question 5

Add the prefix co- to the following word to make a new word. You need a hyphen this time.

 

education

CORRECT ANSWER
co-education
EDDIE SAYS
Co-education means teaching boys and girls together. Some schools are only for boys or girls, not both.
  • Question 6

Add the prefix co- to the following word to make a new word.

 

ordinate

CORRECT ANSWER
coordinate
co-ordinate
EDDIE SAYS
To coordinate (or co-ordinate) means to bring things into line with each other, such as coordinating watches.
  • Question 7

Add the prefix co- to the following word to make a new word. You need a hyphen for this one.

 

star

CORRECT ANSWER
co-star
EDDIE SAYS
This sort of star is someone who acts in a film or play, not the star in the sky!
  • Question 8

Add the prefix co- to the following word to make a new word. This one doesn't need a hyphen.

 

incidence

CORRECT ANSWER
coincidence
EDDIE SAYS
An incident is something that happens, and a coincidence is two things happening at the same time or in the same place, often by chance.
  • Question 9

Sometimes the prefix com- has the same meaning as co-. Look at the list of words starting with com- and decide which ones have the meaning of things or people coming together.

 

Tick two boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
community
combine
EDDIE SAYS
To combine things means to put them together; a community is a group of people living together in one place.
  • Question 10

Sometimes the prefix col- has the same meaning as co-. Look at the list of words starting with col- and decide which ones have the meaning of things or people coming together.

 

Tick two boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
collaborate
collide
EDDIE SAYS
If two things collide they come together and hit each other; if people collaborate on a task it means they work together on it.
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