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Year 2 - Prefix dis
Do you LIKE or DISLIKE bananas?

Year 2 - Prefix dis

This 'Prefix dis' spelling quiz introduces KS1 children in Year 2 to words that can follow these three letters. These words are an addition to the spellings suggested in the National Curriculum.

If you like something, you can say ‘I like it’ if you don’t like something you can add ‘dis’ to the beginning of the word and say ‘I dislike it’. These three letters change the meaning of the word. Test your knowledge on spellings with the prefix dis.

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1.
What happens to a word when you add 'dis' to the beginning?
It makes the word look funny.
It changes the word to mean the opposite.
It changes the word to mean the same thing but a little different.
It turns it into a describing word.
Adding 'dis' to a word changes it from meaning one thing to meaning the complete opposite.
2.
Which of these words doesn't show 'dis' as a prefix but instead as part of a word?
dislike
disagree
distant
disable
Distant is a word but 'tant' isn't - here the letters 'dis' are not used as a prefix.
3.
Which spelling is correct when saying the opposite of connect?
dissconnect
disconect
disconnect
disconnet
If you disconnect something, you separate it.
4.
Which spelling is correct when saying the opposite of honest?
disonest
dishonnest
dishunest
dishonest
Sometimes when people lie, they cross their fingers.
5.
Which spelling is correct when saying the opposite of appear?
disappear
disappeer
disapear
diseppear
If you write something in sand, the sea will wash it away making it disappear.
6.
Which spelling is correct when saying the opposite of used?
dissused
dissed
disusd
disused
The spelling of the word used stays the same; all you need to do is add 'dis'.
7.
Which spelling is correct when saying the opposite of able?
dissable
disable
disabl
dis-able
You do not need to add a hyphen to show the connection.
8.
Which of these words that begin with 'dis' is spelt incorrectly?
dissaster
disease
distant
disgusting
These are all words that start with 'dis' but these three letters are not used as a prefix because you can't separate dis from the root word.
9.
Which word can you not put 'dis' in front of?
like
obey
laugh
honest
You can't add 'dis' onto any word. This prefix can only go before certain words.
10.
Which spelling is correct when saying the opposite of trust?
disstrust
distrust
distruste
destrust
There are some words that also start with 'dis' but the 'dis' isn't used as a prefix. These words are often negative words, such as words that aren't about happy things. Just like when you say you distrust somebody - that is considered a negative word.
Author:  Finola Waller

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