Negative Prefixes Exercise (144)
Replace the blanks in the following sentences with the appropriate negative version of the words.
Answers and Explanations
1. I think it’s excessively impolite to call a person on the phone and start talking without identifying yourself.
The prefix im- can mean not and opposite of. Many words beginning with p form the negative with im-, but not all.
2. Now that elementary schools neglect writing instruction, most students in the upper grades produce illegible handwriting.
The prefix il- can mean not and opposite of. It is used with words that begin with the letter l.
3. Martha lost her job two years ago; being unemployed for that long has destroyed her confidence.
The prefix un- means not, reverse action, deprive of, release from. It is the most common negative prefix and works with most words.
4. Everyone occasionally misspells words they know.
The prefix mis- means wrong.
5. I really dislike the pornographic K-Mart Christmas commercial for men’s underwear.
The prefix dis- means not and opposite of.