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The Prefix 'de'

In class this week we encountered the word deforestation in a reading text about sustainability. This got us thinking about the prefix 'de' and what it can mean.

In the word deforestation, the prefix 'de' has the meaning of opposite. Forestation means to ‘cover land with forest’ and deforestation means ‘the act of clearing an area of land of trees’.

Complete the 10 sentences with the correct 'de' suffixed word

declutter    decoding    deconstructing    dehumanising    deflated    de-ice    deregulating    deskilling    destabilised    detoxify
  1. Spring is a good time to clean your house and to _________.
  2. By __________ a text we can really understand what the author is saying.
  3. Failing the exam left her feeling really __________.
  4. The latest government policy is focusing on __________ trade rules.
  5. The news of the leader resigning really __________ the political party.
  6. During the war, she was responsible for __________ secret messages.
  7. The journal article focused on the __________ effects of war on soldiers.
  8. We need to __________ the plane’s wings before we can take off.
  9. Recent advances in technology has led to the __________ of many blue-collar jobs.
  10. In the New Year, many people like to __________ by avoiding alcohol and caffeine for a few weeks.
The Prefix 'de'. English blog post.

Answers

  1. Spring is a good time to clean your house and to declutter.
  2. By deconstructing a text we can really understand what the author is saying.
  3. Failing the exam left her feeling really deflated.
  4. The latest government policy is focusing on deregulating trade rules.
  5. The news of the leader resigning really destabilised the political party.
  6. During the war, she was responsible for decoding secret messages.
  7. The journal article focused on the dehumanising effects of war on soldiers.
  8. We need to de-ice the plane’s wings before we can take off.
  9. Recent advances in technology has led to the deskilling of many blue-collar jobs.
  10. In the New Year, many people like to detoxify by avoiding alcohol and caffeine for a few weeks.

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