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Understand Verb Prefixes: De-

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

'Understand Verb Prefixes: De-' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 5 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Prefixes and Suffixes

Popular topics:   Verbs worksheets

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Worksheet Overview

The prefix de- often has the meaning of removing or lowering something when it is added to a verb.


For example:

The train was derailed because the tracks were icy. (de + rail = derail)

The pound has been devalued against the Euro. (de + value devalue)




Sometimes, however, it is not so easy to work out the meaning of a verb with the prefix de-.


To deflate means to take the air out of something, but there is no such verb as to 'flate'. The opposite of deflate is inflate.


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In this activity, we will be looking at words where the meanings are not always obvious. You may find a dictionary helpful.

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