Prefixes and Suffixes 02
Here is another example of adding both a prefix and a suffix to a word: 'The girl had some MULTIcolourED jelly beans'.

Prefixes and Suffixes 02

Affixes are groups of letters joined to a word; prefixes and suffixes are both affixes. Often prefixes and suffixes can be added to the original (base) word at the same time.

One way to increase your vocabulary and your spelling skills at the same time is by learning lists of words which share prefixes or suffixes. "Interact", "intercede", "interbreed", "intercept", "international" and "intervene" all share the same prefix, inter-, which means "between". But each of these words branches out with the addition of suffixes, so that "international" becomes "internationalise" and "internationalisation", "intercept" becomes "interception", "intervene" becomes "intervention" and "intercede" becomes "intercession" (the spelling change is caused by the Latin source of the word). The similar word, "intern" becomes "internal", "internally" and "internalise". Tracing such similarities and developments can be fascinating.

Sharpen your skills by playing this quiz on the subject of affixes.

1.
Select the appropriate affixes for the following word.
.......common.......
An.......ly
In.......ed
Un.......ed
Un.......ly
Uncommonly
2.
Select the appropriate affixes for the following word.
.......circle.......
An.......ible
En.......d
In.......d
Un.......ible
Technically, the word "circle" drops its e and adds -ed
3.
Select the appropriate affixes for the following word.
.......work.......
An.......ed
Over.......ed
Over.......ly
Un.......ly
The poor teachers were completely overworked!
4.
Select the appropriate affixes for the following word.
.......colour.......
Multi.......able
Multi.......ed
Multi.......ly
Multi.......ment
The blanket was multicoloured
5.
Select the appropriate affixes for the following word.
.......fair.......
An…ed
In.......ness
Un.......ed
Un.......ness
The unfairness of the situation was shocking
6.
Select the appropriate affixes for the following word.
.......usual.......
An.......ly
Dis.......ly
In.......ly
Un.......ly
Unusually for him, he made the wrong choice
7.
Select the appropriate affixes for the following word.
.......agree.......
Dis.......ment
Dis.......ible
In.......able
Un.......ment
Disagreement
8.
Select the appropriate affixes for the following word.
.......round.......
In.......ed
In.......ly
Sur.......ed
Sur.......ly
They were surrounded!
9.
Select the appropriate affixes for the following word.
.......prison.......
An.......ment
Im.......ment
In.......ment
Un.......ment
Imprisonment
10.
Select the appropriate affixes for the following word.
.......popular.......
An.......ness
In.......ity
Un.......ity
Un.......ness
Unpopularity

 

Author:  Sue Daish

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