Other English Prefixes

Prefix and Suffix Types

Negative prefixes and suffix forms

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. 


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-


very small
too much
too little, below

former, previous

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

Other Prefixes Practice

Complete the sentence with the correct form of the word at the end of the sentence.

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