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Prefixes & Suffixes

Teach your child how to pronounce these common prefixes and suffixes. Then s/he can decode a new word by covering the prefixes and suffixes and saying the small word that remains. Then add the prefix or suffix. If you teach your child/students what these prefixes and suffixes mean, they will be able to analyze words easier and expand their vocabulary.



Common Prefixes   Common Suffixes
un = unhappy   ...ing = walking
re... = rewrite   ...ed = walked
in... = incredible   ...tion = imagination
im... = impossible   ...ion = position
il... = illegal   ...ly = quickly
mis... = misunderstood   ...y = greedy
dis... = disbelief   ...er = painter
pre... = preheat   ...or = sailor
mid... midway   ...able = capable
non... nonfat   ...ible = incredible
de... defrost   ...en = sharpen
      ...ness =happiness
      ...less =careless
      ...ment =enjoyment
      ...ive =active
      ...ful =careful
      ...est =biggest



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This page last updated 03/14/2016