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Prefixes
The word 'submarine' uses the prefix 'sub'.

Prefixes

A prefix is a small group of letters (an element) which is attached to the front of a word in order to modify (alter) its meaning. For example: 'successful' becomes 'unsuccessful' when the prefix un- is attached to 'successful'. Incidentally, if the element is added to the end of a word, it is called a suffix. This quiz focuses on prefixes and we also have one that looks at suffixes.

Prefixes and suffixes are not normally words in themselves, although there are exceptions. Knowing what the prefix means will give you an understanding of the word.

This 11-plus English quiz will test your knowledge of prefixes - see if you can get a perfect score of 10 out of 10.

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1.
What is the meaning of the given prefix?
Post-
postage
after
postman
before
For example: post-mortem; post-natal; post-date; post meridian (p.m.). 'Meta' also means after: metamorphosis. LEARN these prepositions and their uses
2.
What is the meaning of the given prefix?
Multi-
many
few
none
some
For example: multilingual; multicoloured; multi-storey
3.
What is the meaning of the given prefix?
Pro-
professional
against
in favour of
undecided
For example: pro-life; proactive; pro-English
4.
What is the meaning of the given prefix?
Mid-
in the middle of
behind
in front of
to the side of
For example: mid-Atlantic; mid-afternoon; midbrain
5.
What is the meaning of the given prefix?
Semi-
whole
quarter
half
three
For example: semi-detached; semi-automatic; semicircle
6.
What is the meaning of the given prefix?
Sub-
substitute
over
below
behind
For example: submarine; subordinate; subalpine
7.
What is the meaning of the given prefix?
Ante-
before
against
to the side of
behind
For example: ante meridian (a.m.); antechamber; antedate. 'Pre' and 'fore' also mean before: pre-Columbian; foretell. LEARN these prepositions and their uses
8.
What is the meaning of the given prefix?
Un-
before
not
after
one
For example: unavailable, unmovable, unhappy. There are also other prefixes that mean 'not': 'a-' (asexual); 'il-', 'im-', 'in', 'ir-' (inadequate, illiterate, immoral, irrational). LEARN these prepositions and their uses
9.
What is the meaning of the given prefix?
Pre-
one before the end
now
after
before
For example: pre-Columbian; preview; preposition. 'Ante' and 'fore' also mean before: antenatal; forecast. LEARN these prepositions and their uses
10.
What is the meaning of the given prefix?
Anti-
in favour of
undecided
before
against
For example: antidote; anticlockwise; anti-abortion. 'Contr(a)' and 'Counter' also mean against: contradiction; counter-revolution. LEARN these prepositions and their uses
Author:  Frank Evans

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