Prefixes and Suffixes in English: Guide and Examples

Manuel Campos


There are many prefixes and suffixes examples but before you check you need to know what prefixes and suffixes are.

A Prefix is a letter or group of letters added to the beginning of a word to make a new word

For example:

  • Atheist
  • Autopilot

A Suffix is a letter or group of letters added to the end of a word to make a new word

List of Prefixes

These are some of the most common prefixes in English

a-, an-without, lack of, not atheist
ante-before, earlier, in front of antecedent, 
anti-against, opposite of antibody
auto-self, sameautopilot
circum-around, aboutcircumscribe
co-with, togetherco-pilot
com-, con-together, withcompanion, 
contra-, contro-against, oppositecontradict
de-down, off, away fromdevalue, deactivate,
dis-not, apart, awaydisappear
en-put into, cover withenclose
ex-out of, from, formerextract, ex-president
extra-beyond, outside, extracurricular
hetero-different, otherheterosexual
homo-, homeo-same, alikehomosexual
hyper-over, more, beyondhyperactive
il-, im-, in-, ir-not, withoutillegal, immoral
in-in, intoinsert
inter-between, amonginterstellar
intra-, intro-within, inside introvert
macro-large, prominentmacrocosm
micro-very smallmicroscope
mono-one, single, alonemonogamy,
non-not, withoutnonaggressive
omni-all, everyomniscient
post-after, behindpostmortem
pre-, pro-before, forwardprecede
sub-under, lowersubmarine
sym-, syn-same time, togethersymmetry
tele- over a distancetelecommunications
trans-across, beyondtransmit, transaction
tri-three, every thirdtricycle, trimester
un- opposite ofunfinished, unskilled, 
uni-one, singleunicorn
up-higher/betterupgrade, upload


These are some most common suffixes in English

eerengaged in somethingvolunteer, engineer
-ersomeone who performs an actionhelper, preacher
-ion the action or process ofcelebration, opinion
-ity the state or condition ofprobability, equality
-ment the action or result ofmovement
-nessa state or qualityfondness, awareness
-or a person who is somethingdistributor
-sionstate or beingdepression, confusion
-ship position heldworship, ownership
-th state or qualitystrength, labyrinth

Sentences with Prefixes and Suffixes

These are some examples of sentences with prefixes and suffixes in English

Let’s start with the prefixes in English

  1. He became a superstar overnight.
  2. This is a unsafe place for little children
  3. She is an atheist
  4. They won’t disappear

Let’s start with the suffixes in English

  1. There is a lot of confusion out there
  2. They worship God the way they know
  3. She was a preacher in the north

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Most common prefixes and suffixes and what they mean : Most common prefixes and suffixes

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