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How well do you know your Spanish prefixes?

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How well do you know your Spanish prefixes?
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Prefixes (part of words that are added before other words to give it a new meaning) are an excellent trick to learn new words and expand your vocabulary.

Some prefixes are the same in English and in Spanish as for example hiper- , extra- , post- or intern-. 

The list below contains examples with lesser-known prefixes so you can really get working on your Spanish.


Meaning :deprivation, denial of


  • Intoxicar/desintoxicar


  • Hacer/deshacer


  • Aparecer/desaparecer




Meaning : above


  • Sueldo/Sobresueldo


  • Vivir/sobrevivir

              Live/ survive

  • Natural/sobrenatural

              Natural/ supernatural



Meaning : opposite, contrary 


  • Peso/Contrapeso

              Weight/ counterweight

  • Decir/contradecir

              Tell/ contradict

  • Tiempo/contratiempo

              Time/ setback



Meaning : previous 


  • Ayer/Anteayer

              Yesterday/ before yesterday

  • Poner/anteponer

              Put/ put above

  • Sala/antesala

              Room/ prelude or anteroom



Meaning : between 


  • Piso/entrepiso

              flat/ mezzanine

  • Abrir/entreabrir

              Open/ half-open

  • Ver/entrever

              See/ glimpse



Meaning : lower position, below


  • Humano/infrahumano

              Human/ subhuman

  • Mundo/inframundo

              World/ underworld

  • Valorado/infravalorado

              valued/ undervalued


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This article has been contributed by LAE Madrid, the leading Spanish academy in Madrid. Accredited by the Insitituto Cervantes, it offers Spanish courses for all levels and also has Spanish classes for kids and families.

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