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Know Your Prefixes: dis-

In this worksheet, students consider the different effects the prefix dis- has on the meaning of words.

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'Know Your Prefixes: dis-' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 5 11+ worksheets

Curriculum topic:   English

Curriculum subtopic:   Spelling: Prefixes & Suffixes

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Worksheet Overview

Adding the prefix dis- to a word often changes the word into its antonym (opposite).


like / dislike

honest / dishonest

obey / disobey


However, sometimes adding the prefix dis- has a different effect on a word. For example, the word disinterested does not mean the opposite of interested.


Matthew didn't like either team so he was a disinterested observer at the match.


The above sentence doesn't mean that Matthew wasn't interested in the match. It actually means that he was neutral or impartial.



In this worksheet you can think about how the prefix dis- affects the meaning of words in different ways. You may find a dictionary helpful.

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