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Know Your Prefixes and Suffixes: Forming Diminutives

In this worksheet, students practise adding prefixes and suffixes such as mini-, -ette and -ling to form diminutives.

'Know Your Prefixes and Suffixes: Forming Diminutives' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:  Use Prefixes and Suffixes

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Diminutives are words that indicate a smaller version of something. They are often made by adding a prefix or a suffix to the root word.

For example:

mini + bus = minibus (a small bus)

 

pig + let = piglet (a small pig)

In this activity, you can practice adding prefixes and suffixes to the root word to make a diminutive. 

Make the diminutive form of the following word by adding the suffix ling.

duck

Make the diminutive form of the following word by adding the suffix ock.

bull

Make the diminutive form of the following word by adding the suffix let.

 

book

Make the diminutive form of the following word by adding the suffix ette.

 

cigar

Make the diminutive form of the following word by adding the prefix mini.

 

skirt

Choose the correct diminutive form of the following word.

 

eagle

 

(If you are not sure you may need to check by using a dictionary.)

dictionary

eagling

eaglet

eaglette

Choose the correct diminutive form of the following word.

 

statue

 

(If you are not sure you may need to check by using a dictionary.)

statuling

statuet

statuette

Choose the correct diminutive form of the following word.

 

van

 

(If you are not sure you may need to check by using a dictionary.)

minivan

vanette

microvan

Choose the correct diminutive form of the following word.

 

goose

 

(If you are not sure you may need to check by using a dictionary.)

gosling

goslette

goslet

Choose the correct diminutive form of the following word.

 

kitchen

 

(If you are not sure you may need to check by using a dictionary.)

kitchenet

microkitchen

kitchenette

  • Question 1

Make the diminutive form of the following word by adding the suffix ling.

duck

CORRECT ANSWER
duckling
EDDIE SAYS
A baby duck is called a 'duckling'. Doesn't he look so soft and fluffy!
  • Question 2

Make the diminutive form of the following word by adding the suffix ock.

bull

CORRECT ANSWER
bullock
EDDIE SAYS
Keep up the hard work! The word 'bullock' refers to a male cow.
  • Question 3

Make the diminutive form of the following word by adding the suffix let.

 

book

CORRECT ANSWER
booklet
EDDIE SAYS
'I read all about visiting the dentist in a booklet.'
  • Question 4

Make the diminutive form of the following word by adding the suffix ette.

 

cigar

CORRECT ANSWER
cigarette
EDDIE SAYS
'Smoking a cigarette can cause harm to our body and those around us too.'
  • Question 5

Make the diminutive form of the following word by adding the prefix mini.

 

skirt

CORRECT ANSWER
miniskirt
EDDIE SAYS
'She wore a blue miniskirt to match the stars on her trainers!'
  • Question 6

Choose the correct diminutive form of the following word.

 

eagle

 

(If you are not sure you may need to check by using a dictionary.)

dictionary

CORRECT ANSWER
eaglet
EDDIE SAYS
A young eagle is called an 'eaglet'.
  • Question 7

Choose the correct diminutive form of the following word.

 

statue

 

(If you are not sure you may need to check by using a dictionary.)

CORRECT ANSWER
statuette
EDDIE SAYS
A small statue or figurine is called a 'statuette'.
  • Question 8

Choose the correct diminutive form of the following word.

 

van

 

(If you are not sure you may need to check by using a dictionary.)

CORRECT ANSWER
minivan
EDDIE SAYS
A small van can also be called a 'minivan'. How are you getting on so far? Only two more questions to go!
  • Question 9

Choose the correct diminutive form of the following word.

 

goose

 

(If you are not sure you may need to check by using a dictionary.)

CORRECT ANSWER
gosling
EDDIE SAYS
A young goose is called a 'gosling'. It has the same suffix -ling as a young duck (duckling).
  • Question 10

Choose the correct diminutive form of the following word.

 

kitchen

 

(If you are not sure you may need to check by using a dictionary.)

CORRECT ANSWER
kitchenette
EDDIE SAYS
A 'kitchenette' is a small cooking area, sometimes they are found in the corner of a hotel room. There's not as much space as a normal kitchen but it still has most of the things you need to make a delicious meal!
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