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Look at the following chart to understand how prefixes work with words. The left column contains original words. The center column contains the prefix that will be applied to the original word. The right column demonstrates the new word created after the prefix is applied to the original word.
|Original Word||Prefix||New Word|
After looking at the chart, you can see that prefixes almost work like equations. You begin with a word, add the prefix to the beginning of the word, and this equals a new word. As you can also see, prefixes change the meaning of the original words. In some cases, the prefix causes the original word to take the opposite meaning. By adding un- to the word happy the word changes from being joyful to being displeased. The word takes the opposite meaning with the prefix.
While prefixes cannot stand by themselves, since they are letters and not words, prefixes do have their own meanings. For instance, let’s look at happy and unhappy again. The prefix un- actually means “not.” If we consider what the prefix means, then we can understand what unhappy means. If un- means “not,” then unhappy means “not happy.” Knowing the meanings of prefixes can help us to understand or guess the definitions of words.
The following chart gives some definitions of prefixes.
Look at how the meaning of the prefix helps or explains the definition and our understanding of the example word.
This bundle contains 5 ready-to-use Prefixes worksheets that are perfect to test student knowledge and understanding of Prefixes which are letters that we add at the beginning of words to make new words with new or different meanings, or definitions.
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