Prefix

Many thanks to Rachel Killoch for this week’s Literacy Focus. Prefixes are the beginning bit of the root word (covered by me last week).  It’s really useful if students know these in isolation as it can help not only with their spelling but also the meaning of words.

prefix

 

Prefix: letters placed before a word, which change its meaning.

The most common are re meaning again; and dis, in/im/il/ir and un, all of which mean not!

il logical im possible

 

in justice

 

ir relevant
over looked

 

dis engaged

 

dis agree

 

un reliable

 

 

If that all sounds a bit negative, think of a word the following prefixes could be added to, to describe the picture…

 

super

super …….

 anti

 

anti…….

 anti-jab

 

anti………..

 

 de

 

de…………

 

 

http://www.readingrockets.org/article/root-words-roots-and-affixes

(you need to scroll down the page a bit to find the prefix table)

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z9hjwxs

 

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