Prefixes Exercise (279)

English has several prefixes like un-, mis-, dis-, and others that are added to words to create a word with the opposite meaning. For example, adding dis- to connect creates its opposite: disconnect. Using an appropriate prefix, edit the following sentences by replacing the word in parentheses with its opposite (remove the parenthesis as well).

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: She feels especially stressed when the children (behave) in church.
Correct : She feels especially stressed when the children misbehave in church.

2.
Original: If you don’t like the way I folded the towels, you can (fold) them and start over.
Correct : If you don’t like the way I folded the towels, you can unfold them and start over.

3.
Original: Too many high school graduates (spell) the common words they use daily.
Correct : Too many high school graduates misspell the common words they use daily.

4.
Original: Once palaces of entertainment, many beautiful old movie theaters have fallen into (use).
Correct : Once palaces of entertainment, many beautiful old movie theaters have fallen into disuse.

5.
Original: Let’s put everything in writing so that the members can’t (understand) the terms.
Correct : Let’s put everything in writing so that the members can’t misunderstand the terms.

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