Practice in Identifying Prefixes, Suffixes, and Root Words

A Vocabulary Review Exercise

This exercise will give you practice in recognizing and using common prefixes, suffixes, and roots. Before attempting the exercise, you may find it helpful to review the following lists:

 

Instructions
For each sentence below, study the one word that's in bold print. See if you can identify the root word (or base) along with any prefixes and/or suffixes that are attached to it.

After you have filled in all the blanks, compare your answers with those on page two.

  1. We watched a preview of the new Pixar movie.
    Root: ____________
    Prefix: ____________
  2. The dancing cat was seen by more than two-million YouTube viewers.
    Root: ____________
    Suffix: ____________
  3. The teacher handed out paper hearts to the students who had done extra work.
    Root: ____________
    Suffix: ____________
  4. The magician made the rabbit disappear.
    Root: ____________
    Prefix: ____________
  5. At the end of his performance, the magician made a graceful bow to the audience.
    Root: ____________
    Suffix: ____________
  6. Shyla asked the magician for his autograph.
    Root: ____________
    Prefix: ____________
  7. Because of the lightness of the breeze, the sailboat moved quite slowly.
    Root: ____________
    Suffix: ____________
  8. Despite the heaviness of his backpack, Jack raced up the hill.
    Root: ____________
    Suffix: ____________
  9. Some dogs are shy or unfriendly, and they might bark or snap if you try to pet them.
    Root: ____________
    Prefix: ____________
    Suffix: ____________
  1. Esther quickly reopened the door and called for her cat.
    Root: ____________
    Prefix: ____________
    Suffix: ____________
  2. We stood on a bluff overlooking the ocean.
    Root: ____________
    Prefix: ____________
    Suffix: ____________
  3. In today's world, no part of the globe is unreachable.
    Root: ____________
    Prefix: ____________
    Suffix: ____________
  1. My father never let anyone see him dressed informally.
    Root: ____________
    Prefix: ____________
    Suffix: ____________
  2. Everyone thought that Mr. Darcy was the proudest, most disagreeable man in the world.
    Root: ____________
    Prefix: ____________
    Suffix: ____________
  3. Preschoolers should have plenty of opportunities to run, play, and listen to stories.
    Root: ____________
    Prefix: ____________
    Suffix: ____________
  4. The speaker pointed out the unfairness of blaming high schools for the poor preparation of college freshmen in reading, writing, and math.
    Root: ____________
    Prefix: ____________
    Suffix: ____________


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Below are the answers to the exercise in Identifying Prefixes, Suffixes, and Root Words.

  1. Root: view
    Prefix: pre-
  2. Root: view
    Suffix: -ers
  3. Root: teach
    Suffix: -er
  4. Root: appear
    Prefix: dis-
  5. Root: grace
    Suffix: -ful
  6. Root: graph
    Prefix: auto-
  7. Root: light
    Suffix: -ness
  8. Root: heavy
    Suffix: -ness
  9. Root: friend
    Prefix: un-
    Suffix: -ly
  10. Root: open
    Prefix: re-
    Suffix: -ed
  11. Root: look
    Prefix: over-
    Suffix: -ing
  12. Root: reach
    Prefix: un-
    Suffix: -able
  1. Root: formal
    Prefix: in-
    Suffix: -ly
  2. Root: agree
    Prefix: dis-
    Suffix: -able
  3. Root: school
    Prefix: -pre
    Suffix: -ers
  4. Root: fair
    Prefix: un-
    Suffix: -ness

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