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A prefix is a group of letters placed at the start of a word.

It can alter the meaning or function of the word in some way.

Different prefixes affect words in different ways.

A prefix will always be at the beginning.

For example,

super + market = supermarket

The addition of the prefix ‘super’ makes the market bigger.

un + interested = uninterested

The addition of the prefix ‘un’ flips the words meaning to mean the opposite.


Remember, prefixes always go at the beginning of words.

Your Turn…

1. What is a prefix?
A group of letters at the start of a word
A group of letters at the end of a word
A type of fish

2. What does a prefix do?
Alters the speed of a word
Alters the meaning of a word
Alters the shoe size of a word

3. Where about in a word would we find a prefix?
The beginning
The middle
The end

4. Which prefix would normally make a word mean its opposite?

5. Which of the following words has a prefix?

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