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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

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

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'.

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

In the list below, different prefixes have been added to the word ordinary to make new 'words', but only one of them is actually a real word.

 

Tick the real word.

disordinary

unordinary

preordinary

extraordinary

reordinary

inordinary

This time, different prefixes have been added to the word interested to make new 'words'. Two of them are real words.

uninterested

preinterested

reinterested

disinterested

multiinterested

subinterested

This time, different prefixes have been added to the word invent to make new 'words', but only one of them is actually a real word.

uninvent

preinvent

reinvent

multiinvent

subinvent

disinvent

In the introduction to this worksheet you read that the prefix multi- means 'many'. Which of the following words can it be added to in order to make new words?

 

Tick four boxes.

task

drive

read

coloured

sleep

pack

watch

purpose

The prefix pre- means doing something in advance. Which of the following words can it be added to in order to make new words?

 

Tick five boxes.

judge

wash

ordain

drive

view

drink

task

heat

The prefix sub- means 'underneath'. Which of the following words can it be added to in order to make new words?

 

Tick four boxes.

scribe

task

view

marine

cook

conscious

drink

way

Use your knowledge of prefixes to choose the correct definition for the word below.

 

prejudice

 

1) a fear of other people

2) a dislike of something

3) a judgement made in advance and before the facts are known

definition 1

definition 2

definition 3

Use your knowledge of prefixes to choose the correct definition for the word below.

 

subordinate

 

1) a supporter of something

2) something that is less important than something else

3) something that comes in front of something else

definition 1

definition 2

definition 3

Use your knowledge of prefixes to choose the correct definition for the word below.

 

prehistoric


1) relating to dinosaurs

2) relating to the time before history was recorded

3) of extreme importance

definition 1

definition 2

definition 3

Use your knowledge of prefixes to choose the correct definition for the word below.

 

multisensory


1) using more than one of the body's senses

2) extra sensitive

3) very sensible

definition 1

definition 2

definition 3

  • Question 1

In the list below, different prefixes have been added to the word ordinary to make new 'words', but only one of them is actually a real word.

 

Tick the real word.

CORRECT ANSWER
extraordinary
  • Question 2

This time, different prefixes have been added to the word interested to make new 'words'. Two of them are real words.

CORRECT ANSWER
uninterested
disinterested
EDDIE SAYS
'Disinterested' does not mean the same thing as 'uninterested'. If you are disinterested in something it means that you are not biased because you have nothing to gain from it personally.
  • Question 3

This time, different prefixes have been added to the word invent to make new 'words', but only one of them is actually a real word.

CORRECT ANSWER
reinvent
  • Question 4

In the introduction to this worksheet you read that the prefix multi- means 'many'. Which of the following words can it be added to in order to make new words?

 

Tick four boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
task
coloured
pack
purpose
  • Question 5

The prefix pre- means doing something in advance. Which of the following words can it be added to in order to make new words?

 

Tick five boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
judge
wash
ordain
view
heat
  • Question 6

The prefix sub- means 'underneath'. Which of the following words can it be added to in order to make new words?

 

Tick four boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
scribe
marine
conscious
way
EDDIE SAYS
If you subscribe to something it literally means that you write your name underneath it. These days the word is used to mean paying for a magazine or a service such as satellite TV.
  • Question 7

Use your knowledge of prefixes to choose the correct definition for the word below.

 

prejudice

 

1) a fear of other people

2) a dislike of something

3) a judgement made in advance and before the facts are known

CORRECT ANSWER
definition 3
  • Question 8

Use your knowledge of prefixes to choose the correct definition for the word below.

 

subordinate

 

1) a supporter of something

2) something that is less important than something else

3) something that comes in front of something else

CORRECT ANSWER
definition 2
  • Question 9

Use your knowledge of prefixes to choose the correct definition for the word below.

 

prehistoric


1) relating to dinosaurs

2) relating to the time before history was recorded

3) of extreme importance

CORRECT ANSWER
definition 2
EDDIE SAYS
The dinosaurs lived in prehistoric times, but that is not the meaning of the word.
  • Question 10

Use your knowledge of prefixes to choose the correct definition for the word below.

 

multisensory


1) using more than one of the body's senses

2) extra sensitive

3) very sensible

CORRECT ANSWER
definition 1
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