Spelling: Prefixes and Suffixes

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

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What is a prefix?
What is a suffix?
Prefixes and suffixes
Suffix spelling rules: double letters

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Using prefixes
Using suffixes
Taking away the suffix to find the root word
Taking away the prefix to find the root word
Choosing suffixes for root words

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