KS1 Spelling Quiz - Year 2 - Prefix dis (Questions)

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.
2. Which word can you not put 'dis' in front of?
[ ] like
[ ] obey
[ ] laugh
[ ] honest
3. Which spelling is correct when saying the opposite of used?
[ ] dissused
[ ] dissed
[ ] disusd
[ ] disused
4. Which spelling is correct when saying the opposite of able?
[ ] dissable
[ ] disable
[ ] disabl
[ ] dis-able
5. Which spelling is correct when saying the opposite of appear?
[ ] disappear
[ ] disappeer
[ ] disapear
[ ] diseppear
6. Which spelling is correct when saying the opposite of connect?
[ ] dissconnect
[ ] disconect
[ ] disconnect
[ ] disconnet
7. Which spelling is correct when saying the opposite of honest?
[ ] disonest
[ ] dishonnest
[ ] dishunest
[ ] dishonest
8. Which spelling is correct when saying the opposite of trust?
[ ] disstrust
[ ] distrust
[ ] distruste
[ ] destrust
9. Which of these words doesn't show 'dis' as a prefix but instead as part of a word?
[ ] dislike
[ ] disagree
[ ] distant
[ ] disable
10. Which of these words that begin with 'dis' is spelt incorrectly?
[ ] dissaster
[ ] disease
[ ] distant
[ ] disgusting
KS1 Spelling Quiz - Year 2 - Prefix dis (Answers)
1. What happens to a word when you add 'dis' to the beginning?
[ ] It makes the word look funny.
[x] 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 word can you not put 'dis' in front of?
[ ] like
[ ] obey
[x] laugh
[ ] honest
You can't add 'dis' onto any word. This prefix can only go before certain words.
3. Which spelling is correct when saying the opposite of used?
[ ] dissused
[ ] dissed
[ ] disusd
[x] disused
The spelling of the word used stays the same; all you need to do is add 'dis'.
4. Which spelling is correct when saying the opposite of able?
[ ] dissable
[x] disable
[ ] disabl
[ ] dis-able
You do not need to add a hyphen to show the connection.
5. Which spelling is correct when saying the opposite of appear?
[x] 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 connect?
[ ] dissconnect
[ ] disconect
[x] disconnect
[ ] disconnet
If you disconnect something, you separate it.
7. Which spelling is correct when saying the opposite of honest?
[ ] disonest
[ ] dishonnest
[ ] dishunest
[x] dishonest
Sometimes when people lie, they cross their fingers.
8. Which spelling is correct when saying the opposite of trust?
[ ] disstrust
[x] 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.
9. Which of these words doesn't show 'dis' as a prefix but instead as part of a word?
[ ] dislike
[ ] disagree
[x] distant
[ ] disable
Distant is a word but 'tant' isn't - here the letters 'dis' are not used as a prefix.
10. Which of these words that begin with 'dis' is spelt incorrectly?
[x] 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.