Other English Prefixes

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Prefix and Suffix Types

We use a prefix at the beginning of the word to change the meaning and a suffix at the end of a word when we often use them to change the type of word.  Understanding when to use prefixes and suffixes correctly are an important part of doing the word formation exercise , which is Part 3 in the Use of English exam.

We have already seen many of the negative prefixes and how we use them in English. Here we look at a much larger group of prefixes in English. 

Prefixes

We can think about prefixes in these groups according to their specific meaning.

For example

  • They refused to co-operate
         Co- means together so they would not work together.  
  • I misunderstood what the teacher said. 
         Mis means incorrectly so I didn’t understand correctly. 

Other English Prefixes

As we said above there is a large group of other English prefixes. The examples below are the most common and it is important to learn and to recognise them. 

  • co-
  • inter-
  • anti-
  • mis-
  • re-

  • multi-
  • micro-
  • extra-
  • over-
  • under-

  • ex-
  • semi-
  • pre-
  • post-
  • counter-

together
between
against/opposite
incorrectly
again

many
very small
more
too much
too little, below

former, previous
partly
before
after
against/opposite

You can also learn more about negative prefixes and suffixes we use for nouns and people.

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