These root, prefix and suffix worksheets can help you learn and practice the most common and useful word parts that build English vocabulary.
This is one of the fastest ways to increase your English vocabulary. They will help you recognize the meanings of so many related words!
You’ve probably noticed how many pages on EnglishHints teach these roots and affixes (prefixes and suffixes). They are important to study because they can make such a difference to your vocabulary!
Now I’ve taken some of the most useful lessons and worksheets and combined them into self-study packets you can download to practice and refer to whenever you need them. (It's so much easier than trying to find a point you want to check or review later!)
There’s a completely new Introduction to Roots and Affixes packet, with a simple, step-by-step approach to understanding suffixes, common prefixes, and several important word roots.
This is the Roots, Prefixes and Suffixes Worksheets packet I would recommend for anyone trying to learn the basics of English word construction and vocabulary.
They are based on pdfs I had made for classrooms, but I’ve now also prepared them for individual study.
If you want to get the full benefits from roots and affixes, you can get all these packets in one combined study guide for $12.00 (a 20%+ discount) at the bottom of the page.
These five simple, step-by-step lessons will help you understand and practice the basics of English word construction: prefixes, suffixes, and roots.
Increase your vocabulary quickly by learning how to recognize new words based on the word parts you already know.
You’ll study different word forms made by adding suffixes. Then you can practice choosing the correct form of words used commonly in professional or academic situations to fit in different positions in a sentence. (“The results showed conclusively…” v.s. “The major conclusion of the report…”)
Recognizing the suffixes that mark different parts of speech will improve your grammar and give you confidence in expressing yourself in English.
You will learn how prefixes add to or change the meaning of roots and practice recognizing those meaning changes.
You will study and work with several common roots until they are quite familiar. You may also be surprised how many roots you already recognize because you know several words made from them!
Some of the lessons will seem quite simple, especially if you have been reading in English for a while (or if you speak French, Spanish, Italian, or Portuguese, which use many of the same roots and prefixes.)
However, the lessons build on each other, and I wanted to make it easy even if you do not have much experience with English prefixes or suffixes.
Each lesson will probably take you from 15 minutes to half an hour. (You might need extra time for the bonus in lesson 5, but probably not much.)
So you can easily finish all the lessons in a week or so, and have a big head start on recognizing new words in English, since so many are built with roots and affixes.
Short, varied exercises (and a quiz at the end of each lesson) let you practice each new point.
You’ll get extensive practice with multiple important suffixes, 14 prefixes, and 14 roots, as well as an explanation and thought exercises with 25 more roots.
Each lesson builds on and reviews the material from earlier lessons, from an easy start to broader application of what you’ve learned by the end of the lessons.
Lesson 1: Suffixes with 'Act': pgs. 1-12 (very short pages)
Lesson 2. Prefixes with Act (& Renew): 13-28
Lesson 3. Words Made from the Roots Clude & Dict: 29-42
Lesson 4. Predicting Unknown Roots: 43-57
Lesson 5. Recognizing more Roots: 58-74
I would recommend this introduction as the best way to master English word parts (roots and affixes).
The pdfs of root, prefix, and suffix worksheets below have more exercises, but I’ve included the most important worksheets from each of them in this introduction, along with a clearer sequence for learning them.
As a bonus, I've added a download of our popular List of (Common) Prefixes. (See the download email you get after buying the packet.)
Click the button below to buy this Introduction to Roots and Affixes for $6.00 (USD-- or it will convert to your currency.)
If you would prefer easily printable exercises, this ebook is also available in Word format. (The original above was made from Powerpoint, so there is only one exercise on a page, but it might be complicated to print.)
The printable version has the same content (except lesson covers), although a few pages have been rearranged slightly to keep similar activities together. The List of Prefixes is included at the end rather than being a separate file. The whole ebook is 35 pages including that list.
Click the button below to buy the printable, longer-paged ebook, also for $6.00 USD.
These worksheets, for high beginners or intermediate English students, use common vocabulary to explain suffix use and to provide practice with each suffix type.
Buy the Word-Building Suffixes Packet for $5.00
These worksheets let you practice the prefixes most important for academic vocabulary.
Their brainstorming and practice exercises take a couple of hours total.
I’d recommend having a basic understanding of suffixes beforehand.
(If you feel unsure you could study the Suffix List page to get the main ideas.)
Download Common Prefixes for $5.00 by clicking the "Buy now" button below.
Recognizing common word roots can help you guess and learn unknown words more easily.
This worksheet packet lets you practice more than 30 useful Latin and Greek roots.
* There are 12 memory cards each (8 per sheet) for words from cedere, quaerere, ponere, and mixed root (from the Intro/Prefix review) practice. You can print them to use for a game of solitaire or for practice with friends. The memory game cards can also be used as flashcards if meanings are glued onto the backs.
Other worksheet activities include gap-fill exercises, multiple choice, and matching exercises. They start with words that are easy to figure out using the root and prefix meanings. Then you will study a few academic words that are not so simple to understand from the roots.
Buy these worksheets on roots for $5.50 by clicking the button below.
To unlock the full vocabulary-building benefits that you can get by recognizing prefixes, suffixes, and roots, check out this Complete Root & Affix Bundle.
You can study and practice all the common prefixes and suffixes as well as several more roots.
It includes the complete Introduction to Roots & Affixes (printable version) and almost everything from Word-Building Suffixes, Practice Common Prefixes, and Using Word Roots to Learn Vocabulary.
The only parts left out of those individual packets are ones already incorporated into the Introduction. (That's mainly the Word Family & Parts of Speech from the Suffix packet and Can You Choose the Best Prefix? -- so important it's in both the individual Common Prefixes & Word Roots packets.)
So you can get a complete list of contents by reading the four Contents lists above and subtracting the overlap.
The Complete Study Guide is 85 pages, packed with useful explanations and practice exercises.
Since there is some overlap of contents, the bundle should be worth $15-16, but with a 20% multiple- product discount it’s just $12.00.