Grade 3 Reading Foundation - Prefixes and Suffixes
The word 'submarine' uses the prefix 'sub'.

Grade 3 Reading Foundation - Prefixes and Suffixes

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A prefix or suffix is a small group of letters (an element) which is attached to the front or end of a word in order to modify (alter) its meaning. For example: 'successful' becomes 'unsuccessful' when the prefix un- is attached to 'successful'. Prefixes and suffixes are not normally words in themselves, although there are exceptions. Knowing what the prefix or suffix means will give you an understanding of the word.

1.
Read the word below and look at its suffix. What does it mean?
Endless
Full of endings
Without end
State of being at the end of something
One who is at the end of something
Less means without, so endless means to be without end
2.
Read the word below and look at its suffix. What does it mean?
Librarian
Moving towards a library
A place that is full of libraries
One who works in a library
To be like a library
The suffix “ian” refers to a person who does something, so a librarian would be someone who works in a library
3.
Read the word below and look at its suffix. What does it mean?
Northward
To move towards the north
To be the most northern place
One who lives in the north
To be in a place without a northern area
Ward means towards, so northward means to move towards the north
4.
Read the word below and look at its suffix. What does it mean?
Blankness
The state of being blank
Without being blank
Someone who is blank
To be in a blank way
Ness means a state of being, so blankness would mean the state of being blank
5.
What is the meaning of the given prefix?
Anti-
In favor of
Undecided
Before
Against
For example: antidote; anti-abortion. 'Contr(a)' and 'Counter' also mean against: contradiction; counter-revolution. LEARN these prepositions and their uses
6.
What is the meaning of the given prefix?
Pro-
Professional
Against
In favor of
Undecided
For example: pro-life; proactive; pro-English
7.
What is the meaning of the given prefix?
Sub-
Substitute
Over
Below
Behind
For example: submarine; subordinate; subalpine
8.
What is the meaning of the given prefix?
Post-
Postage
After
Postman
Before
For example: post-natal; post-date; post meridian (p.m.). 'Meta' also means after: metamorphosis. LEARN these prepositions and their uses
9.
Read the word below and look at its suffix. What does it mean?
Friendly
Moving towards a friend
One who is a friend
To be without friends
To be in a way like a friend
Ly means in a way, so friendly would mean to be like a friend
10.
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
Author:  Amy Flanders

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