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Academic prefixes

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Prefixes are added to the beginnings of words in order to change the form of a word (for example, from a verb to a noun), or added to convey a meaning. Learn some academic prefixes and practise using them in a sentence. 

In our Masters Preparation class this week, we have been looking at academic prefixes. Prefixes are added to the beginnings of words in order to change the form of a word (for example, from a verb to a noun), or they are added to convey a meaning. 

Activities 

1. Match the ten prefixes to the definition.

Prefix Definition
micro false
pseudo against
techno complex devices
homo same
cardio within
omni everything/everywhere
hyper extremely small
quasi heart
counter appearance only
intra more than normal

2. Now you have learnt the definitions, put the prefix into the correct sentence.

micro    pseudo     techno    homo    cardio    omni    hyper    quasi    counter    intra
  1. As a biologist, he focused on the _____climate where a particular type of orchid grew.
  2. Some people think that alternative medicines are __________-scientific.
  3. The organisation is __________-governmental so it has less power.
  4. The doctor told her that is was a __________-vascular problem
  5. The police had diverted manpower into __________-terrorism.
  6. The researchers had been working on an antenna that was __________-directional.
  7. Most students in the group where skilled with _______logy.
  8. Using the ____net was the most efficient way to communicate with colleagues.
  9. Although they seemed similar, they were not an __________genous group.
  10. A _____active child will need help and support in the classroom.

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Academic prefixes

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Answers

1. 

  • micro = extremely small 
  • pseudo = false 
  • techno = complex devices 
  • home = same
  • cardio = heart
  • omni = everything/everywhere
  • hyper = more than normal
  • quasi = appearance only
  • counter = against
  • intra = within

2. 

  1. As a biologist, he focused on the microclimate where a particular type of orchid grew.
  2. Some people think that alternative medicines are pseudo-scientific.
  3. The organisation is quasigovernmental so it has less power.
  4. The doctor told her that is was a cardio-vascular problem
  5. The police had diverted manpower into counter-terrorism.
  6. The researchers had been working on an antenna that was omnidirectional.
  7. Most students in the group where skilled with technology.
  8. Using the intranet was the most efficient way to communicate with colleagues.
  9. Although they seemed similar, they were not an homogenous group.
  10. A hyperactive child will need help and support in the classroom.

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