word formation: negative prefixes

Word formation: negative prefixes. Learn and practise English negative prefixes. In this post you will find examples of negative prefixes, together with exercises to practise.

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Word formation: negative prefixes

Negative prefixes in English:

  • un-
  • in-
  • im-
  • ir-
  • dis-
  • il-
  • a-
  • non-

Negative prefixes for adjectives and adverbs:

Negative prefixes for verbs:

Exercise 1. Complete with the opposites of the adjectives given below.

  1. common – ……………………
  2. polite – ……………………..
  3. satisfied – ………………………
  4. sane – ……………………….
  5. friendly – ………………………….
  6. political – …………………………….
  7. existent – ……. ……………………………….
  8. legible – ……………………………….
  9. possible – ……………………………
  10. reasonable – ……………………………
  11. literate – ……………………………….
  12. connected – ……………………………
  13. stable – ………………………….
  14. mature – ………………….

Exercise 2. Form the opposite, negative verbs.

  1. load – ………………
  2. connect – ……………….
  3. do – …………………..
  4. embark – ……………….
  5. pack – …………………
  6. fasten – ……………………
  7. appear – ………………
  8. continue – ………………..

Answer key:

Exercise 1. Complete with the opposites.

  1. common – ……………………uncommon
  2. polite – ……………………..impolite
  3. satisfied – ………………………dissatisfied
  4. sane – ……………………….insane
  5. friendly – ………………………….unfriendly
  6. political – …………………………….apolitical
  7. existent – ……. ………………………………. non-existent
  8. legible – ………………………………. illegible
  9. possible – ……………………………impossible
  10. reasonable – ……………………………unreasonable
  11. literate – ………………………………. illiterate
  12. connected – ……………………………disconnected
  13. stable – ………………………….unstable
  14. mature – ………………….immature

Exercise 2. Form the opposite verbs.

  1. load – ………………unload
  2. connect – ……………….disconnect
  3. do – …………………..undo
  4. embark – ……………….disembark
  5. pack – …………………unpack
  6. fasten – ……………………unfasten
  7. appear – ………………disappear
  8. continue – ………………..discontinue

Practise online:

Learn the theory from this lesson and then do the online exercises to practise word formation and adding prefixes.

https://www.ecenglish.com/learnenglish/lessons/negative-prefixes

https://www.english-grammar.at/online_exercises/prefixes-suffixes/ps011-prefixes-negative-adjectives.htm

https://www.english-grammar.at/online_exercises/prefixes-suffixes/ps010-negative-prefixes.htm

https://www.tolearnenglish.com/exercises/exercise-english-2/exercise-english-79885.php

http://a4esl.org/q/h/vm/negprefix.html

https://www.english-grammar.at/online_exercises/prefixes-suffixes/ps016-opposites.htm

https://www.english-grammar.at/online_exercises/prefixes-suffixes/ps017-opposites.htm

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