The Complete List of
English Spelling Rules
8: Common English Prefixes
this series of lessons, you will learn useful spelling rules
This lesson talks about some common English prefixes
We will see what
they mean, how they are spelled, and common words that contain them.
a free worksheet + answer key.
is a series of letters that comes at the beginning of a word
and has a specific meaning. There are many prefixes in English, but in
this lesson we will focus on six of the most common.
When you see these prefixes, you will be able to understand the meaning
of the word more easily.
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Josephine does not like to take pills, but she was very sick. The
doctor told her to take some antibiotics
is a medicine that fights bacteria. The prefix anti
Here are some more common words with this prefix:
Again, you will not always find an exact opposite for words that begin
but knowing this prefix will help you understand the meaning of the
Madeleine is writing her autobiography
She has had a very interesting life!
is a book someone writes about their own life. The prefix auto
Here are some more common words that begin with auto
When you see a word that begins with auto-, you can guess that it means
something about "self." Be sure to use a good dictionary
to check the meaning of
the word. Do not guess!
For example, when two people share the same opinion, we say that they agree
. They have an agreement
But, when the opposite is true, we say that they disagree
They have a disagreement
The prefix dis
changes the meaning of the word. Dis
means "reverse" or "remove."
Here are some more examples:
are many words in English that begin with this prefix. Although not all
of them have a direct opposite, like the words in the table, dis
very often makes an opposite word.
Agreements between different nations are called international
The prefix inter
means "between" or "among."
Here are some more common words that begin with inter
India is a very large country. It is not a continent, but it is a subcontinent
means "under," "below," or "less."
Here are some more common words that begin with sub
Roberta is unhappy
The prefix un
usually means "not." This is a very common English prefix, and you will
see it very often.
Here are some more common words that begin with un
So, let's review what we have learned about common English prefixes:
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