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Know Your Prefixes: ad- and al-

In this worksheet, students practise reading and spelling words that begin with the prefixes ad- and al-.

'Know Your Prefixes: ad- and al-' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Reading: Word Reading

Curriculum subtopic:  Root Word Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

A prefix is a letter or group of letters added to the beginning of a word to make a new word.?

A lot of words in English begin with the prefix ad-, which can mean adding something or moving towards something.

for example:

adverb

Advent (the time leading towards Christmas)

Christmas tree

Another common prefix in English is al-, which means 'all' (but only has one 'l').

for example:

almighty

altogether

In this activity, you can practise reading and spelling words that begin with the prefixes ad- and al-.

Match these ad- words with their definitions. You may need to use a dictionary if you are unsure.

 

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

Column A

Column B

adjective
to change something to make it correct
adjust
a word that describes a noun
advise
to offer an opinion or suggestion to someone
adjacent
next to

Match these al- words with their definitions. You may need to use a dictionary if you are unsure.

 

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

Column A

Column B

always
a connective meaning 'in spite of the fact that'
although
very nearly; not quite
alone
without anyone else
almost
at all times

Use one of the ad- words from question 1 to complete the following sentence. Write the missing word in the answer box.

 

Liam had to __________ the saddle on his bike because it was too low.

 

bike

Use one of the ad- words from the introduction or question 1 to complete the following sentence. Write the missing word in the answer box.

 

The bank is __________ to the library.

 

 

Use one of the ad- words from the introduction or question 1 to complete the following sentence. Write the missing word in the answer box.

 

'I __________ you to take more exercise,' said Dr Jones.

Use one of the ad- words from the introduction or question 1 to complete the following sentence. Write the missing word in the answer box.

 

An __________ is a word that describes a verb.

Use one of the al- words from the introduction or question 2 to complete the following sentence. Write the missing word in the answer box.

 

We decided to go out __________ it was raining.

Use one of the al- words from the introduction or question 2 to complete the following sentence. Write the missing word in the answer box.

 

My mum was born in this house and she has __________ lived here.

 

house

Use one of the al- words from the introduction or question 2 to complete the following sentence. Write the missing word in the answer box.

They __________ reached the top of the mountain but it started to get dark so they had to go down.

Use one of the al- words from the introduction or question 2 to complete the following sentence. Write the missing word in the answer box.

 

My puppy cries when he is left __________. He likes having people around.

 

puppy

  • Question 1

Match these ad- words with their definitions. You may need to use a dictionary if you are unsure.

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

adjective
a word that describes a noun
adjust
to change something to make it co...
advise
to offer an opinion or suggestion...
adjacent
next to
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? All of these words have the same prefix ad-
  • Question 2

Match these al- words with their definitions. You may need to use a dictionary if you are unsure.

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

always
at all times
although
a connective meaning 'in spite of...
alone
without anyone else
almost
very nearly; not quite
EDDIE SAYS
Keep up the hard work! All of these words have the same prefix -al.
  • Question 3

Use one of the ad- words from question 1 to complete the following sentence. Write the missing word in the answer box.

 

Liam had to __________ the saddle on his bike because it was too low.

 

bike

CORRECT ANSWER
adjust
EDDIE SAYS
Liam had to adjust the saddle. Hopefully, it is more comfortable to ride now!
  • Question 4

Use one of the ad- words from the introduction or question 1 to complete the following sentence. Write the missing word in the answer box.

 

The bank is __________ to the library.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
adjacent
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'adjacent' is a different way of saying next to.
  • Question 5

Use one of the ad- words from the introduction or question 1 to complete the following sentence. Write the missing word in the answer box.

 

'I __________ you to take more exercise,' said Dr Jones.

CORRECT ANSWER
advise
EDDIE SAYS
It is easy to get muddled between the words 'advise' and 'advice'. 'Advise' is a verb, but 'advice' is a noun. You advise somebody but you give advice.
  • Question 6

Use one of the ad- words from the introduction or question 1 to complete the following sentence. Write the missing word in the answer box.

 

An __________ is a word that describes a verb.

CORRECT ANSWER
adverb
EDDIE SAYS
Keep up the hard work! An adverb describes a verb. For example, if the verb was 'jumped' the adverb might be 'quickly'.
  • Question 7

Use one of the al- words from the introduction or question 2 to complete the following sentence. Write the missing word in the answer box.

 

We decided to go out __________ it was raining.

CORRECT ANSWER
although
EDDIE SAYS
Hopefully, they had a raincoat, wellies or an umbrella!
  • Question 8

Use one of the al- words from the introduction or question 2 to complete the following sentence. Write the missing word in the answer box.

 

My mum was born in this house and she has __________ lived here.

 

house

CORRECT ANSWER
always
  • Question 9

Use one of the al- words from the introduction or question 2 to complete the following sentence. Write the missing word in the answer box.

They __________ reached the top of the mountain but it started to get dark so they had to go down.

CORRECT ANSWER
almost
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? The missing word was 'almost'. I hope they managed to return home before it got too dark!
  • Question 10

Use one of the al- words from the introduction or question 2 to complete the following sentence. Write the missing word in the answer box.

 

My puppy cries when he is left __________. He likes having people around.

 

puppy

CORRECT ANSWER
alone
EDDIE SAYS
Oh what a cute puppy, please don't cry!' The missing word was 'alone'.
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