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Understand Verb Prefixes: Mis- 2

In this worksheet, students consider further examples of verbs with the prefix mis-, including some more unusual ones.

'Understand Verb Prefixes: Mis- 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Prefixes and Suffixes

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

The prefix mis- generally has the meaning of doing something wrongly when it is added to a verb.

I must have misplaced my glasses. I can't find them anywhere.

Sometimes the prefix can have a figurative meaning as well as a literal one. Look at the following sentence.

The burglars' plan miscarried and they were caught by the police.

 

In this example the verb miscarry means to go wrong rather than to carry something wrongly.

 

In this worksheet you will be looking at some more unusual verbs with the prefix mis-. You may find a dictionary helpful.

Choose the best verb from the list to complete the sentence below.

 

The restaurant __________ the number of guests and there weren't enough tables for everyone.

misdirected

misplaced

miscalculated

misbehaved

Choose the best verb from the list to complete the sentence below.

 

The website __________ us to the wrong page, so we couldn't enter our details.

misread

misheard

misfired

misdirected

Choose the best verb from the list to complete the sentence below.

 

The advert in the newspaper  __________ the address so nobody knew where to go.

mismanaged

misprinted

misguided

misjudged

Sometimes two or more words can have very similar meanings. This time, two of the words in the list could be used to complete the sentence.

 

The teacher had __________ the register so we were late for assembly.

misinformed

misplaced

mistaken

mislaid

Sometimes two words seem to mean the same thing as each other, but actually are slightly different. Which of the two words below can be used to complete the sentence?

 

The newspaper __________ me. I never said that!

misquoted

misinterpreted

The verb misconstrue is very similar in meaning to one of the verbs in the list. Which one?

 

Don't forget to use a dictionary if you are not sure!

misplace

misinterpret

mismanage

misbehave

Some words can be used both literally and figuratively. Which word beginning with mis- can be used to complete both sentences? Write it in the answer box.

 

The gun didn't go off. It must have __________.

Our plan __________ and we had to go back to the drawing board.

Again, the same word beginning with mis- can be used to complete both sentences. In the first sentence its meaning is literal, and in the second its meaning is figurative.

 

Josie __________ the invitation so she didn't realise she was meant to be there at two o'clock.

You __________ our intentions. We were only trying to help.

One of the words in the list below should begin mys- instead of mis- because the three letters are part of the root word rather than a prefix.

misfile

misrepresent

mistify

miscue

mishandle

 

Rewrite the incorrect word in the answer box, spelling it correctly.

Sometimes more than one prefix can be used with a root word. Which two of the words below can mean to be suspicious of someone?

untrust

mistrust

detrust

distrust

pretrust

  • Question 1

Choose the best verb from the list to complete the sentence below.

 

The restaurant __________ the number of guests and there weren't enough tables for everyone.

CORRECT ANSWER
miscalculated
EDDIE SAYS
To miscalculate means to calculate something wrongly, but it can also be used in a more general sense to mean making a mistake about something.
  • Question 2

Choose the best verb from the list to complete the sentence below.

 

The website __________ us to the wrong page, so we couldn't enter our details.

CORRECT ANSWER
misdirected
EDDIE SAYS
To misdirect someone is to send them to the wrong place. Again, it can be used in the general sense of giving the wrong information.
  • Question 3

Choose the best verb from the list to complete the sentence below.

 

The advert in the newspaper  __________ the address so nobody knew where to go.

CORRECT ANSWER
misprinted
EDDIE SAYS
To misprint is to print something incorrectly. It is often used as a noun as well.
  • Question 4

Sometimes two or more words can have very similar meanings. This time, two of the words in the list could be used to complete the sentence.

 

The teacher had __________ the register so we were late for assembly.

CORRECT ANSWER
misplaced
mislaid
EDDIE SAYS
Both 'mislay' and 'misplace' can mean to put something in the wrong place and be unable to find it. 'Misplace' can also be used figuratively, as in the following example. Jayden's confidence was misplaced: he came last in the race.
  • Question 5

Sometimes two words seem to mean the same thing as each other, but actually are slightly different. Which of the two words below can be used to complete the sentence?

 

The newspaper __________ me. I never said that!

CORRECT ANSWER
misquoted
EDDIE SAYS
To misquote someone is to report words that they have not actually said. To misinterpret someone is to take their words and give them a different meaning.
  • Question 6

The verb misconstrue is very similar in meaning to one of the verbs in the list. Which one?

 

Don't forget to use a dictionary if you are not sure!

CORRECT ANSWER
misinterpret
EDDIE SAYS
To misconstrue is to interpret somebody's words or actions wrongly.
  • Question 7

Some words can be used both literally and figuratively. Which word beginning with mis- can be used to complete both sentences? Write it in the answer box.

 

The gun didn't go off. It must have __________.

Our plan __________ and we had to go back to the drawing board.

CORRECT ANSWER
misfired
EDDIE SAYS
The verb 'misfire' can also be used for a car engine.
  • Question 8

Again, the same word beginning with mis- can be used to complete both sentences. In the first sentence its meaning is literal, and in the second its meaning is figurative.

 

Josie __________ the invitation so she didn't realise she was meant to be there at two o'clock.

You __________ our intentions. We were only trying to help.

CORRECT ANSWER
misread
EDDIE SAYS
To misread literally means to read something wrongly, but it can also be used figuratively to mean to judge or interpret something wrongly.
  • Question 9

One of the words in the list below should begin mys- instead of mis- because the three letters are part of the root word rather than a prefix.

misfile

misrepresent

mistify

miscue

mishandle

 

Rewrite the incorrect word in the answer box, spelling it correctly.

CORRECT ANSWER
mystify
EDDIE SAYS
To mystify means to confuse and bewilder someone or to make something mysterious.
  • Question 10

Sometimes more than one prefix can be used with a root word. Which two of the words below can mean to be suspicious of someone?

CORRECT ANSWER
mistrust
distrust
EDDIE SAYS
Both 'mistrust' and 'distrust' are correct. The others are not real words.
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