How to increase your vocabulary in Spanish-prefixes
There are a few prefixes so if I would have put all of them here the list would have been enormous that is why I have create a downloadable pdf that you can get for free at the end of the blog with extra prefixes and examples. Get it here
Before we start keep in mind that not all the words accept each prefixes, so you will need to be careful the ones you use.
Common Spanish prefixes
Ad-/a- –> in the direction of, towards
Ejemplo : adyacente adjacent
Acercar to bring near, to approach
An-/a- –> privation, lack of or negation
Ejemplo: anormal abnormal
Ante- –> before
Ejemplo: anteayer the day before yesterday
Anti- –> opposition to
Ejemplo: anticongelante antifreeze
bis-/biz-/bi- –> twice or double
Ejemplo: bisabuelo great grandfather
Contra- –> opposition to
Ejemplo: contradecir to contradict
Contracorriente against the flow
Des-/de– –> privation, negation or separation
Ejemplo: deshacer to undo
Degenerar to degenerate
Desaparecer to disappear
Entre- –> between
Ejemplo: Entremezclar to intermingle
Entremeter to intrude
Ex-/es-/e– –> outside, direction towards, privation, end of duty or responsibility
Ejemplo: ex-presidente ex-president
Exporter to export
Pro- –> before or instead of
Ejemplo: pronombre pronoun
Pronósticar to forecast/to predict
Super– –> superiority or excess
Ejemplo: superponer to impose
Supervisor to supervise
I know… there are a few, and they are not even all of them, but as I said before I did not want to make this post super long, because most of us we don’t read extra long post, we scan them and if it is too big we say…nah! I will read it later, I don’t have time to read it now…and I wanted you to read it because I think is a valuable post. And if you have read it so far, it is you are interested so if you want to get the list with all these prefixes (and some more) with examples click here to download.
Now I would love to hear from you:
-Do you know any Spanish word(s) that use prefixes ( I am sure you do, but you had never thought about it)? Leave a comment and let me know.
That is all from my side today, I hope you enjoyed this blog and you see an increase in your vocabulary when you start using prefixes. Also I would like to challenge you: pay attention and you will find out how common prefixes are.
Have a good day! And I read to you soon!