ultimate common prefixes list-how to say words with them Audio lesson

Ulti­mate Com­mon Pre­fix­es List – How To Pro­nounce Them in Words-Audio Train­ing

Did you know the 4 most com­mon pre­fix­es in Eng­lish are ‘re’, ‘un’, ‘dis’, and ‘in- im- il- ir’ ( these last ones are in a group as they have the same ‘mean­ing’ when added to a word in Eng­lish).

The com­mon pre­fix ‘re’ can some­times pose an Eng­lish pro­nun­ci­a­tion dif­fi­cul­ty because it can say ‘ree’ /ri/ or ‘re’ /rɛ/. You need to lis­ten active­ly to which vow­el is used and just remem­ber which word uses which sound. For exam­ple, in the word ‘rep­re­sen­ta­tion’ the ‘re’ says ‘re’, where­as in the word ‘rein­ter­pret’ the com­mon pre­fix says ‘ree’. Luck­i­ly the oth­er 4 most com­mon pre­fix­es don’t change the way they are pro­nounced.

Use this audio train­ing to prac­tise aloud, and remem­ber to lis­ten for and mim­ic, the cor­rect stress pat­tern when you copy the longer mul­ti­syl­lab­ic words.

Com­mon Pre­fix­es in Eng­lish

Com­mon Pre­fix­es 1 ‘re’ – means: again

Said ‘re’ – return; res­i­den­tial; rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

Said ‘ree’- rein­ter­pre­ta­tion; recent; rein­car­na­tion.

Com­mon Pre­fix­es 2 ‘un’- means: not

undo; uncon­scious; uncon­trol­lable; unso­phis­ti­cat­ed; unlucky.

Com­mon Pre­fix­es 3 ‘dis’- means: not, oppo­site of

dis­agree; dis­turb; dis­own; dis­arm; dis­or­gan­ise.

Com­mon Pre­fix­es 4 ‘in-im-il-ir’ -means: not

injus­tice; intan­gi­ble; inter­na­tion­al.

impos­si­ble; imper­son­al; impose; impre­cise.

ille­gal; illit­er­ate; ille­git­i­mate.

irreg­u­lar; irre­spon­si­ble; irreg­u­lar; irri­tat­ed.

Com­mon Pre­fix­es 5 ‘trans’ -means: across

trans­port; transat­lantic; tran­spire.

Com­mon Pre­fix­es 6 ‘de’ – means: oppo­site

defrost; decide; delight.

Com­mon Pre­fix­es 7 ‘en- em’ – means: cause to

encode; engage.

embrace; embar­rass­ing 

Com­mon Pre­fix­es 8 ‘mis’ – means: wrong­ly

mis­un­der­stand; mis­de­meanour; mis­fire.

Com­mon Pre­fix­es 9 ‘pre’ – means: before

pre­fix; pre­pare; pre­sup­pose.

Com­mon Pre­fix­es 10 ‘super’ – means: above

super­star; super­man; super­an­nu­a­tion.

Com­mon Pre­fix­es 11 ‘sub’ – means: under

sub­ma­rine; sub­stan­dard; sub­se­quent.

Com­mon Pre­fix­es 12 ‘semi’ – means: half

semi­cir­cle; semi­con­scious.

Com­mon Pre­fix­es 13 ‘non’ – means: not

non­sense; non­aligned.

Now you have a list of com­mon pre­fix­es and what they mean and how to say them, you can also find many more mul­ti­syl­lab­ic words in sen­tences in our accent reduc­tion cours­es, so have a look here.

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