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10 most common prefixes


Here are the 10 most common Prefixes – that are short words and letters that you can see at the beginning of some words and they also change their meaning. Once you are well aware of what are these words, you can easily learn the end number of words very quickly!

In the English language, it is essential for you to learn English vocabulary well enough to speak good English. These kinds of words will instantly add up to your vocabulary and will increase your vocabulary horizons. With this addition of learning different words and phrases, you will be able to express various ideas and emotions too. 

In the English language, most of the words are made along with the combination of prefixes, suffixes, and root words. Let us understand these three parts in short.

A root word is nothing but the base of a word. It is just any normal word that has a clear and crisp meaning. This word can be used alone or even along with the addition of prefixes and suffixes.

As we have seen above, a prefix is a short letter or a combination of letters that goes at the beginning of a word and it can change their meaning. 

On the other hand, suffixes are letter combinations that you can see after a root word in order to change its meaning. The English language gives you many such words that begin with a prefix. You could make out a prefix by spotting it in different words that you come across every day, while writing, reading, and listening. It turns out to be helpful and important to remember such words. 

Let us now look at the 10 most common prefixes and understand their meaning.

Prefix 1 – ANTI (against)

  • Antivillain
  • Antidepressants

Prefix 2 – ASTRO  (star)

  • Astronaut 
  • Astrologer
  • Astrophysics

Prefix 3 – DIS (not/opposite)

  • Disqualified
  • Disappear
  • Discourage

Prefix 4 – EXTRA (more)

  • Extravigilant
  • Extraordinary

Prefix 5 – HOMO (same)

  • Homosapien
  • Homogenous

Prefix 6 – IM (not/opposite)

  • Impossible
  • Impersonal

Prefix 7 – MIS (wrong)

  • Misinterpret
  • Misunderstood
  • Misguidance

Prefix 8 – NON (without)

  • Nonessential
  • Nonfiction

Prefix 9 – RE (again/repeat)

  • Re-test
  • Revisit
  • Repay

Prefix 10 – TRANS (changed)

  • Transformation
  • Transition

The above mentioned are the 10 most commonly used prefixes. If you pay more attention and concentration, you could even make more words than just mentioned above.