Learn about how an adjective can be made into a word that means the opposite using prefixes.

Adjectives with Prefixes

Warm-Up Questions  

  

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Add an un prefix to one verb below to create an adjective.

 

a. patient

b. perfect

c. mature

d. acceptable

 

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pen

 

Add an un prefix to one verb below to create an adjective.

 

a. patient

b. perfect

c. mature

d. unacceptable

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Learn About Adjectives with Prefixes

 

 

nouns are words that tell us the name of

 

people

pirate-island

 

pirate

places

pirate-island

 

cave

and things

pirate-island

 

treasure

 

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adjectives are words that describe nouns

 

 

coins

pirate-island

 

names

gold

pirate-island

 

describes

 

nouns name things adjectives describe them

 

 

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an adjective can be used

before or after the noun it is describing

 

✅ the curious parrot

pirate-island

✅ the parrot was curious

pirate-island

 

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you can tell if a word is an adjective by looking to see if it is describing a noun

 

girl-pirate

 

The pirate with the red and blue coat took two parrots on the long journey.

 

two describes the noun parrots

 

two = adjective

 

red and blue describe the noun coat

 

red and blue = adjectives

 

long describes the noun journey

 

long = adjective

 

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an adjective can be made into a word that means the opposite using prefixes

 

friendly

 

friendly-pirate

 

unfriendly

 

unfriendly-pirate

 

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un is a prefix that can make an adjective into a word that means the opposite

 

finished

dog-finished-eating

 

unfinished

dog-eating

 

the opposite word is an antonym of the original word

 

 

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some adjective prefixes make the new word into a word with a negative meaning

 

pleasant | positive

 

pleasant-pirate

 

unpleasant | negative

 

angry-pirate

 

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un is a prefix that can make an adjective into a word that means the opposite

 

happy | positive

 

pirate-island

 

unhappy | negative

 

pirates-at-war

 

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the opposite word will be an antonym of the original word

 

fit | positive

 

running-robot

 

unfit | negative

 

lazy-robot

 

 

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other adjectives that can be changed into words that mean the opposite (antonyms) with the prefix un are:

 

tidy | untidy

fair | unfair

popular | unpopular

prepared | unprepared

reasonable | unreasonable

 

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im is a prefix that can make an adjective into a word that means the opposite

 

patient

 

patient-dog

 

impatient

 

impatient-dog

 

 

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some adjective prefixes make the new word into a word with a negative meaning

 

perfect!

 

perfect positive 

 

  imperfect | negative

 

 

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an adjective can be made into a word that means the opposite (an antonym) using prefixes

 

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possible | impossible

 

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other adjectives that can be changed into antonyms with the prefix im are

 

boy-chasing-girl

 

mature | immature

 

probable | improbable

 

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dis is a prefix that can make an adjective into a word that means the opposite

 

robot-friendly

 

agreeable

 

alien-arguing

 

disagreeable

 

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other prefixes that can create antonyms of the original adjective include

 

logical | illogical

legal | illegal

profit | non-profit

social | anti-social

 

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Now take the Adjectives with Prefixes Quiz to find out what you have learned...

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