Prefixes 1
In the word 'octopus' the 'oct' part is a prefix meaning 8. An octopus has 8 arms.

Prefixes 1

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In English, a prefix is a few letters placed at the beginning of a word to modify its meaning. For instance 'dis' is a prefix and placing it in front of 'appear' makes 'disappear'.

Try this quiz on the subject to help you get the hang of it.

1.
What does the prefix 'De' (as in 'Decade') mean?
Ten
A hundred
A thousand
A million
There are 10 years in a decade and a decagon has 10 sides
2.
What does the prefix 'Pre' (as in 'Prefix') mean?
After
Before
Beside
Next to
Also in 'Preview'
3.
What does the prefix 'Tele' (as in 'Television') mean?
Far
Hear
Near
See
Also in 'Telephone' and 'Telegraph'
4.
What does the prefix 'Ex' (as in 'Exit') mean?
Down
In
Out
Up
Also in 'Extract'
5.
What does the prefix 'Cent' (as in 'Centurion') mean?
Ten
A hundred
A thousand
A million
A Roman centurion was in charge of a hundred men
6.
What does the prefix 'Oct' (as in 'Octopus') mean?
Six
Seven
Eight
Ten
An octopus has eight arms
7.
What does the prefix 'Poly' (as in 'Polygon') mean?
Few
Many
One
Some
A polygon is a many sided shape
8.
What does the prefix 'Re' (as in 'Return') mean?
Again/back
Against/opposite
Before/earlier
Before/in front of
Also in 'Repeat'
9.
What does the prefix 'Milli' (as in 'Millipede') mean?
A hundred
A thousand
A million
Ten million
A thousand millimeters make a meter
10.
What does the prefix 'Peri' (as in 'Perimeter') mean?
Around
Beside
In front of
Inside
Author:  Sue Daish

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