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Know Your Prefixes: sub-

In this worksheet, students practise spelling words beginning with sub-.

'Know Your Prefixes: sub-' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  English

Curriculum subtopic:  Spelling: Prefixes & Suffixes

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Many words in English are based on the same root words, and knowing what these mean can help us with spellings.

 

The prefix 'sub-' comes from a Latin word meaning 'under', and it is used in a large number of words in English.

A submarine is a boat that can travel under the surface of the water.

Match these words with their definitions. You may need to use a dictionary if you are not familiar with them.

 

Pay close attention to the spellings as you will need them in later questions!

Column A

Column B

subway
to bring under control
subdue
a person or object that takes the place of another
submerge
a tunnel underneath a road
substitute
to go or place something under water

Match these words with their definitions. You may need to use a dictionary if you are not familiar with them.

 

Pay close attention to the spellings as you will need them in later questions!

Column A

Column B

subscribe
to give in to someone else\'s authority
submit
to sink to a lower level
subside
to sign up for something, particularly a magazine ...
subsidise
to support someone by giving money

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

I __________ to a football magazine to keep up to date with all the transfer news.

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

When our goalkeeper was injured we were down to ten men because we had already used all our __________.

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

The rebels finally __________ to the government and were put in prison.

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

The castle hadn't been built on good foundations so after a few years it began to __________.

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

After several hours the police managed to __________ the riot.

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

It's a very busy road so you should always cross using the pedestrian __________ under the roundabout.

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

The causeway is completely __________ at high tide, so make sure you don't get marooned on the island.

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

The students were __________ by the school, otherwise they wouldn't have been able to afford the trip.

  • Question 1

Match these words with their definitions. You may need to use a dictionary if you are not familiar with them.

 

Pay close attention to the spellings as you will need them in later questions!

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

subway
a tunnel underneath a road
subdue
to bring under control
submerge
to go or place something under wa...
substitute
a person or object that takes the...
EDDIE SAYS
The word \'substitute\' does not directly mean \'under\', but a substitute is often of lower rank or quality than the person being replaced.
  • Question 2

Match these words with their definitions. You may need to use a dictionary if you are not familiar with them.

 

Pay close attention to the spellings as you will need them in later questions!

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

subscribe
to sign up for something, particu...
submit
to give in to someone else\'s aut...
subside
to sink to a lower level
subsidise
to support someone by giving mone...
EDDIE SAYS
In the past, if you \'subscribed\' to something you had to sign your name underneath it.
  • Question 3

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

I __________ to a football magazine to keep up to date with all the transfer news.

CORRECT ANSWER
subscribe
subscribed
  • Question 4

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

When our goalkeeper was injured we were down to ten men because we had already used all our __________.

CORRECT ANSWER
substitutes
  • Question 5

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

The rebels finally __________ to the government and were put in prison.

CORRECT ANSWER
submitted
EDDIE SAYS
Don\'t forget to double the \'t\' before adding -ed.
  • Question 6

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

The castle hadn't been built on good foundations so after a few years it began to __________.

CORRECT ANSWER
subside
  • Question 7

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

After several hours the police managed to __________ the riot.

CORRECT ANSWER
subdue
  • Question 8

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

It's a very busy road so you should always cross using the pedestrian __________ under the roundabout.

CORRECT ANSWER
subway
  • Question 9

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

The causeway is completely __________ at high tide, so make sure you don't get marooned on the island.

CORRECT ANSWER
submerged
  • Question 10

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

The students were __________ by the school, otherwise they wouldn't have been able to afford the trip.

CORRECT ANSWER
subsidised
---- OR ----

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