The Prefixes “mis-“ and “re-“ in English.

Prefix “mis-“

  • misuse
  • misspell
  • misread
  • mispronounce
  • mistake
  • misunderstand

George uses some words wrong. He misuses some words.

Samantha spells some words wrong. She misspells some words.

Ahmet reads some names wrong. He misreads some names.

We pronounce some English names wrong. We mispronounce some English names.

Prefix “re-“

  • rewrite
  • rearrange
  • reread

Harun wrote the story again. He rewrote the story.

Anna arranged the questions again. She rearranged the questions.

Ben used his notebook again. He reused his notebook.

Actually, we didn’t understand anything so the teacher read the passage again. He reread the passage.

Note: “mis-“ means “wrong” or “by mistake”.
“re-“ means “again” or “once more”.

The Prefixes “un-, dis-” and “en-”

  • unable
  • unpopular
  • unemployed
  • unfair

I wasn’t able to repair my watch. I was unable to repair it.

Golf is not popular in Turkey. It is unpopular.

Sally is not employed now. She is unemployed.

Some of laws in the world countries are not fair. They are unfair.

The Prefixes “dis-” and “en-”

  • disable
  • disappear
  • dishonest
  • displease

The accident made my uncle unable to walk. The accident disabled him.

Steve John was here a few minutes ago. Now he is not here. He’s disappeared.

Thieves aren’t honest. They are dishonest.

Deniz’s report didn’t please his teachers. It displeased them.

The Prefixes “en-”

  • enable
  • enlarge
  • empower

We’re going to make the kitchen larger. We’re going to enlarge the kitchen.

They gave him the authority to make all financial decisions. They empowered him to make all financial decisions.

Because of the money you gave me, I was able to pay my bills. The money you gave me enabled me to pay my bills.

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