KS3 English Quiz - Prefixes and Suffixes 01 (Questions)

Some words in English are formed using both prefixes and suffixes, for example: "unhelpful". The original word, "help", is called the "base word". Many words will take extra letters both at the beginning and the end to create a new meaning.

Linguistic creativity is responsible for the number of words with prefixes and suffixes. Words can be invented by analogy. If you can "make" or "unmake" a bed, "load" or "unload" a dishwasher, why can't you "befriend" or "unfriend", or "follow" and "unfollow" someone? "Unfriend", in case you hear anyone complaining that it isn't a "real word", was first used in 1659. "Unfollow" hasn't made it into the dictionary, although "unfollowed" has existed as an adjective since 1508, but we immediately understand it because it is created by attaching the un- prefix to the well-known verb, "follow".

Just to make language even more interesting, in English words can be changed in such a way both by adding prefixes to the beginning of a word and suffixes to its ending. Often, as in this quiz, words have both!

Test your knowledge of prefixes and suffixes by playing this quiz.

1. Select the correct affixes (an affix = prefix or suffix) for the following word.
.......appoint.......
[ ] Dis.......ment
[ ] In.......ful
[ ] Per.......ment
[ ] Un.......ful
2. Select the correct affixes (an affix = prefix or suffix) for the following word.
.......reason.......
[ ] Dis.......ed
[ ] In.......able
[ ] Per.......ed
[ ] Un..............able
3. Select the correct affixes (an affix = prefix or suffix) for the following word.
.......interested.......
[ ] Dis.......ness
[ ] In.......able
[ ] Mis.......able
[ ] Un.......ness
4. Select the correct affixes (an affix = prefix or suffix) for the following word.
.......resource.......
[ ] In.......ful
[ ] Per.......ment
[ ] Pre.......ment
[ ] Un.......ful
5. Select the correct affixes (an affix = prefix or suffix) for the following word.
.......allow.......
[ ] Dis.......able
[ ] In.......ed
[ ] Mis.......able
[ ] Per.......able
6. Select the correct affixes (an affix = prefix or suffix) for the following word.
.......manage.......
[ ] In.......able
[ ] In.......ship
[ ] Un.......able
[ ] Un.......ship
7. Select the correct affixes (an affix = prefix or suffix) for the following word.
.......distinguish.......
[ ] Dis.......ment
[ ] In.......able
[ ] Mis.......able
[ ] Un.......ment
8. Select the correct affixes (an affix = prefix or suffix) for the following word.
.......arrange.......
[ ] Dis.......hood
[ ] Mis.......hood
[ ] Per.......ment
[ ] Pre.......ment
9. Select the correct affixes (an affix = prefix or suffix) for the following word.
.......speak.......
[ ] In.......able
[ ] Post.......ing
[ ] Pre.......ing
[ ] Un.......able
10. Select the correct affixes (an affix = prefix or suffix) for the following word.
.......hope.......
[ ] Dis.......ful
[ ] Dis.......less
[ ] Un .......ful
[ ] Un.......less

 

KS3 English Quiz - Prefixes and Suffixes 01 (Answers)
1. Select the correct affixes (an affix = prefix or suffix) for the following word.
.......appoint.......
[x] Dis.......ment
[ ] In.......ful
[ ] Per.......ment
[ ] Un.......ful
Disappointment
2. Select the correct affixes (an affix = prefix or suffix) for the following word.
.......reason.......
[ ] Dis.......ed
[ ] In.......able
[ ] Per.......ed
[x] Un..............able
It would be unreasonable to make any other choice!
3. Select the correct affixes (an affix = prefix or suffix) for the following word.
.......interested.......
[x] Dis.......ness
[ ] In.......able
[ ] Mis.......able
[ ] Un.......ness
Disinterestedness. Remember that "disinterested" does not have the same meaning as "uninterested"
4. Select the correct affixes (an affix = prefix or suffix) for the following word.
.......resource.......
[ ] In.......ful
[ ] Per.......ment
[ ] Pre.......ment
[x] Un.......ful
Don't be unresourceful!
5. Select the correct affixes (an affix = prefix or suffix) for the following word.
.......allow.......
[x] Dis.......able
[ ] In.......ed
[ ] Mis.......able
[ ] Per.......able
Disallowable
6. Select the correct affixes (an affix = prefix or suffix) for the following word.
.......manage.......
[ ] In.......able
[ ] In.......ship
[x] Un.......able
[ ] Un.......ship
This quiz is not unmanageable
7. Select the correct affixes (an affix = prefix or suffix) for the following word.
.......distinguish.......
[ ] Dis.......ment
[x] In.......able
[ ] Mis.......able
[ ] Un.......ment
The correct answer was indistinguishable from those which were incorrect
8. Select the correct affixes (an affix = prefix or suffix) for the following word.
.......arrange.......
[ ] Dis.......hood
[ ] Mis.......hood
[ ] Per.......ment
[x] Pre.......ment
Prearrangement
9. Select the correct affixes (an affix = prefix or suffix) for the following word.
.......speak.......
[ ] In.......able
[ ] Post.......ing
[ ] Pre.......ing
[x] Un.......able
Her performance was literally unspeakable!
10. Select the correct affixes (an affix = prefix or suffix) for the following word.
.......hope.......
[ ] Dis.......ful
[ ] Dis.......less
[x] Un .......ful
[ ] Un.......less
They were unhopeful about their chances