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Understand Verb Prefixes: Re- 2

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

'Understand Verb Prefixes: Re- 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 re- often has the meaning of doing something again when it is added to a verb.

 

 

The sun reappeared from behind the clouds.

Peter had to redo his homework because he lost it.

 

However, it can sometimes have the meaning of going back. To return means to go back to where you started, not to keep on turning.

My granddad wanted to return to his home town and visit his old friends.

 

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

Which of the verbs in the list means to say something that you have already said?

reconstruct

replay

reiterate

relegate

Which of the words in the list means to make something look or seem younger?

reiterate

revile

rejuvenate

reacquaint

Which of the words in the list means to go over something again and summarise the main points of it?

recapitulate

revoke

recycle

reinforce

Look at the words in the list below. For most of them the prefix re- has the meaning of doing something again, but for one of them it has the meaning of going back. Tick the odd one out.

replay

revisit

rebuild

recoil

readjust

Again, for one of the words in the list the prefix re- means going back. Which one?

refill

retreat

rearrange

repay

recycle

Sometimes words change their meanings over time. Can you work out which of the words in the list used to mean 'to send away'?

rearrange

remember

revile

relegate

Sometimes it is hard to work out the meaning of a word with a prefix because the root word is no longer used. Which of the words in the list can be used to complete the following sentence?

 

The judge __________ the sentence and the prisoners were released.

 

Don't forget to use a dictionary if you need to!

reviled

revoked

refrained

restricted

Which word can be used to complete this sentence?

 

The cyclist __________ with the driver who had knocked him off his bicycle.

refrained

reneged

remonstrated

reconstituted

Which of the words in the list can complete the following sentence?

 

My dad thinks that the government has __________ on the promises it made in the election campaign.

revoked

reneged

related

reviewed

Which of the verbs in the list means to criticise someone in a scornful or abusive manner?

rescind

refrain

renege

revile

  • Question 1

Which of the verbs in the list means to say something that you have already said?

CORRECT ANSWER
reiterate
EDDIE SAYS
To reiterate means to say something over and over again, usually to make a point.
  • Question 2

Which of the words in the list means to make something look or seem younger?

CORRECT ANSWER
rejuvenate
EDDIE SAYS
Although we don't use the verb juvenate on its own, it comes from the Latin meaning 'young', so to rejuvenate is to make young again.
  • Question 3

Which of the words in the list means to go over something again and summarise the main points of it?

CORRECT ANSWER
recapitulate
EDDIE SAYS
This is a strange one. To capitulate has come to mean to give up or surrender, but to recapitulate does not mean to surrender again!
  • Question 4

Look at the words in the list below. For most of them the prefix re- has the meaning of doing something again, but for one of them it has the meaning of going back. Tick the odd one out.

CORRECT ANSWER
recoil
EDDIE SAYS
To recoil means to spring or jump backwards. For example: She recoiled in horror when she saw the snake.
  • Question 5

Again, for one of the words in the list the prefix re- means going back. Which one?

CORRECT ANSWER
retreat
EDDIE SAYS
To retreat means to move back or to withdraw.
  • Question 6

Sometimes words change their meanings over time. Can you work out which of the words in the list used to mean 'to send away'?

CORRECT ANSWER
relegate
EDDIE SAYS
To relegate used to mean to send away. Now it has the meaning of downgrading something. It is often heard in football, where it means going down into a lower division or league.
  • Question 7

Sometimes it is hard to work out the meaning of a word with a prefix because the root word is no longer used. Which of the words in the list can be used to complete the following sentence?

 

The judge __________ the sentence and the prisoners were released.

 

Don't forget to use a dictionary if you need to!

CORRECT ANSWER
revoked
EDDIE SAYS
To revoke comes from a Latin word meaning to call something back. We don't use the verb 'to voke'.
  • Question 8

Which word can be used to complete this sentence?

 

The cyclist __________ with the driver who had knocked him off his bicycle.

CORRECT ANSWER
remonstrated
EDDIE SAYS
To remonstrate means to argue with someone or to complain to them.
  • Question 9

Which of the words in the list can complete the following sentence?

 

My dad thinks that the government has __________ on the promises it made in the election campaign.

CORRECT ANSWER
reneged
EDDIE SAYS
To renege on a promise or contract is to go back on it.
  • Question 10

Which of the verbs in the list means to criticise someone in a scornful or abusive manner?

CORRECT ANSWER
revile
EDDIE SAYS
To revile is the correct answer. Although we don't use 'vile' as a verb, it is linked to the adjective 'vile'.
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