Prefixes and suffixes

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Why learn about prefixes and suffixes?

Prefixes like 'un' or 'pre' in front of a word, or suffixes at the end like 'ing', change the meaning.

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Prefixes and suffixes includes:

  • Recognising prefixes and suffixes.
  • Recognising the root word.
  • How adding a prefix changes the meaning of a word.
  • How adding a suffix changes a word into an adjective, noun or adverb, or affects the tense of a verb.
  • Spelling rules for adding prefixes and suffixes.

What do the levels mean?

Skillswise uses the levels of the National Qualifications Framework, which start at Entry 1, 2 and 3 and then go on to Level 1 and Level 2.

  • Entry 3 covers the basic concepts and is a good preparation for starting a Level 1 course.
  • Level 1 is roughly equivalent to a GCSE D-G grade in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, and a Foundation level at Standard Grade in Scotland. A useful qualification for many jobs.
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