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Revise Your Prefixes: Making New Words

In this worksheet, students students revise what they have so far learned about prefixes, then form new words by adding prefixes to existing words.

'Revise Your Prefixes: Making New Words' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   Grammar and Vocabulary

Curriculum subtopic:   Extend and Apply Grammatical Knowledge

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Worksheet Overview

A prefix is a letter or group of letters that can be added to the beginning of another word to change its meaning.

 

Different prefixes change the meaning of words in different ways.

 

For example, multi means 'many'. If you add the prefix multi to the word coloured, it changes the meaning of the word to 'having many colours'.

 

 

Prefixes themselves each have a meaning.  Here are some examples... but can you think of any others? 

Auto - self, same
Extra  - more than, beyond, additional
Hyper - over, more, excessive, above



Look at how the prefix 'hyper' can change the meaning of the following words;

Critical - describes someone who may outwardly disapprove of a person, an idea or a thing
Hypercritical - describes someone who is overly critical to the point of excess

 

Active -  could be used to describe someone who takes part in physical exercises
Hyperactive - could be used to describe someone who is excessively active
 

 

In this activity, you can practise forming new words by adding prefixes to existing words, and you can think about the meaning of words with familiar prefixes.

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