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ESCUELA DE EDUCACIÓN Y PEDAGOGÍA

CENTRO DE LENGUAS – CAMPUS MEDELLÍN


READING COMRPEHENSION FOR GRADUATE PROGRAMS
WORKSHOP ON PREFIXES AND SUFFIXES

Name: ______________________________________________________________

I. UNDERLINE THE WORDS CONTAINING PREFIXES.

1. An unskilled worker is generally unsuccessful in the jobs he performs.


2. Before the analysis of the substance was made, the laboratory assistant detected its impurity.
3. An unscientific theory, methodology, or activity that appears to be or is presented as scientific is
known as pseudoscience.
4. If the ultraviolet radiation from the sun was not screened out by the ozone present in the
atmosphere, it could destroy nearly all the life we know.
5. In agriculture the term intercrop is used when you grow a secondary crop between the rows of a
principal crop.
6. He is taking postgraduate studies at that university.

II. READ THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES AND:

A. UNDERLINE THE NOUNS DERIVED FROM VERBS

B. CIRCLE THE SUFFIX

7. The decomposition of dead animals results in the formation of fertilizers.


8. His refusal to accept the director's ideas led to his dismissal.
9. What is the difference between these two generalizations?
10. There is a minimum amount of shrinkage in this material
11. An attachment for starting an engine is called a starter .
12. A workman or machine employed in converting raw products into finished products is known as a
converter.
13. That country is known for its lack of stability; it depends heavily on imports to subsist and it
produces very little for export.
14. A geologist is a person who deals with history of the earth and its life especially as recorded in
rocks.
15. A scientist may strengthen a part of an instrument which is too weak, lengthen one which is too
short, and tighten one which is too loose.
16. We must standardize the process for collecting these data according to the previous process.
17. In large bodies of ice, the ice moves outwards from the center to the margins under the influence
of pressure.

III. UNDERLINE THE ADJECTIVES CONTAINING SUFFIXES AND CIRCLE THE SUFFIXES.

18. Chemical anesthetics may have a patient semiconscious for an hour or more before and after an
operation.
19. In spite of the of the great exploitation of natural resources, which has now reached dangerous
proportions, little has been done on a worldwide scale to slow down or to stop this process.
20. The number of elements which make up an organic compound is quite restricted, although the
number of combinations into which they can be combined is very large.
ESCUELA DE EDUCACIÓN Y PEDAGOGÍA
CENTRO DE LENGUAS – CAMPUS MEDELLÍN
READING COMRPEHENSION FOR GRADUATE PROGRAMS

Opposites

Form the opposites of the words in the box using the prefixes given. Then complete the
sentences.

legal contented successful polite appropriate


responsible possible honest perfect religious

un- im- in- il- dis- ir-


happy: We were really unhappy with the way the party was going

1. There is no doubt that cannabis will remain an ______________ drug for the
foreseeable future.
2. It was quite _________________ for us to drive all the way from Paris to Madrid in
one day.
3. He made an ________________ attempt to climb the highest mountain in the
range.
4. To take the boat out with four children under the age of ten and with no life jackets on
board was quite ________________ of him.
5. The dress she was wearing was quite _________________ for the occasion.
6. It was very ________________ of him to insult his mother in front of his aunt.
7. They were a completely _________________ family and I never thought that one
day I would marry one of the daughters.
8. As a politician he was __________________ and it was not long before nobody
trusted him.
9. The goods were ________________ and had to be returned to the store we bought
them from.
10. She was __________________ with her life and decided that things had to change.