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Understand Verb Prefixes: Over- 2

In this worksheet, students consider further examples of verbs with the prefix over-, including those where the meaning is less obvious.

'Understand Verb Prefixes: Over- 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:  Use Prefixes and Suffixes

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

The prefix over- usually has the meaning of 'too much' when it is added to a verb. For example:

He overcharged me for those crisps. That's not fair!

A man pulling a funny face holding American dollars

 

Sometimes, however, it is not so obvious. To oversee does not mean to see too much, but to supervise or keep a watch over something.

The warehouse manager's job is to oversee the workers.

 

In this worksheet you will be looking at words where the prefix over- may mean different things. You might find a dictionary helpful.

Tick the correct meaning of the verb below.

 

overhear

to listen for too long

to hear something too loudly

to hear something without meaning to

Tick the correct meaning of the verb below.

 

overhang

to hang over something

to hang around for too long

to hang on a bar for too long

Tick the correct meaning of the verb below.

 

overhaul

to pull something too heavy

to haul something too far

to examine something and repair it

Tick the correct meaning of the verb below.

 

overdress

to take too long getting dressed

to wear too many clothes

to dress too smartly

Tick the correct meaning of the verb below.

 

overpower

to defeat someone by being stronger

to use too much electricity

to overcharge a computer

Sometimes the root word in a prefix is no longer in use in the English language. The verb overwhelm is based on the old-fashioned verb to whelm.

Read the following sentence containing the verb overwhelm.

 

Jayden had so much homework to do that he felt overwhelmed.

 

What do you think the verb 'whelm' used to mean?

to relax

to submerge something under water

to cook something

Sometimes words can have both a literal and a figurative meaning. Read the following sentences.

 

The cricketer __________ the ball; it missed the stumps and raced to the boundary.

The army __________ the government and took charge of the country.

 

Which word can fill both gaps?

overtook

overthrew

overgrew

Again, the same word can be used to fill both gaps.

 

The referee allowed the match to __________ for five minutes and the reds equalised.

The place was __________ by rats. It was horrible!

overreact

overrule

overrun

Which verb can fill both these gaps?

 

The balcony __________ the hills. It was a beautiful view.

My mum should have got promotion but her boss __________ her and appointed someone really awful.

overdid

overcharged

overlooked

Which verb can fill both these gaps?

 

The bowler __________ the line and the umpire called 'No ball'.

You've really __________ the mark this time! You'll be in trouble for that.

overstepped

overdone

overcast

  • Question 1

Tick the correct meaning of the verb below.

 

overhear

CORRECT ANSWER
to hear something without meaning to
EDDIE SAYS
Great to see you having a go! If you overhear a conversation it means that you heard it without meaning to, and that the people speaking probably didn't realise that you heard.
  • Question 2

Tick the correct meaning of the verb below.

 

overhang

CORRECT ANSWER
to hang over something
EDDIE SAYS
To overhang means to hang over something. For example, trees can overhang a path, making it shady. Remember you can use a dictionary to help you.
  • Question 3

Tick the correct meaning of the verb below.

 

overhaul

CORRECT ANSWER
to examine something and repair it
EDDIE SAYS
Although to haul something means to pull it, to overhaul has nothing to do with pulling. If you overhaul an engine you might take it apart, clean it, mend any broken parts and then put it back together again. Keep going super star!
  • Question 4

Tick the correct meaning of the verb below.

 

overdress

CORRECT ANSWER
to dress too smartly
EDDIE SAYS
You getting the hang of this? To overdress means to dress too smartly or formally for the occasion. If you wear a party dress and everyone else is wearing jeans then you may feel overdressed.
  • Question 5

Tick the correct meaning of the verb below.

 

overpower

CORRECT ANSWER
to defeat someone by being stronger
EDDIE SAYS
To overpower means to defeat someone because you are stronger. In a battle, the stronger army usually overpowers the weaker one.
  • Question 6

Sometimes the root word in a prefix is no longer in use in the English language. The verb overwhelm is based on the old-fashioned verb to whelm.

Read the following sentence containing the verb overwhelm.

 

Jayden had so much homework to do that he felt overwhelmed.

 

What do you think the verb 'whelm' used to mean?

CORRECT ANSWER
to submerge something under water
EDDIE SAYS
Sometimes when you have too much to do you feel like you are surrounded by it or even drowning in it. To whelm something meant to cover it up completely or to submerge it in water.
  • Question 7

Sometimes words can have both a literal and a figurative meaning. Read the following sentences.

 

The cricketer __________ the ball; it missed the stumps and raced to the boundary.

The army __________ the government and took charge of the country.

 

Which word can fill both gaps?

CORRECT ANSWER
overthrew
EDDIE SAYS
High five! The literal meaning of to overthrow is to throw something too far, but it can also mean to remove someone from power, usually in a violent way.
  • Question 8

Again, the same word can be used to fill both gaps.

 

The referee allowed the match to __________ for five minutes and the reds equalised.

The place was __________ by rats. It was horrible!

CORRECT ANSWER
overrun
EDDIE SAYS
To overrun means to run too far or for too long, but it can also mean to be present somewhere in very large numbers.
  • Question 9

Which verb can fill both these gaps?

 

The balcony __________ the hills. It was a beautiful view.

My mum should have got promotion but her boss __________ her and appointed someone really awful.

CORRECT ANSWER
overlooked
EDDIE SAYS
You've got this! To overlook something means to have a view over it, but it can also mean to fail to notice someone or something, either deliberately or by accident.
  • Question 10

Which verb can fill both these gaps?

 

The bowler __________ the line and the umpire called 'No ball'.

You've really __________ the mark this time! You'll be in trouble for that.

CORRECT ANSWER
overstepped
EDDIE SAYS
To overstep can literally mean to step too far over something, but figuratively it has the meaning of going too far with something.
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