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Grade 5 Base Words, Prefixes and Suffixes

Do you need some practice on grade 5 elementary base words? Base words can have prefixes and suffixes added to them to make new words. In this article, you will find examples of base words, prefixes, and suffixes. For more practice, we also provide a 5th grade prefix worksheet and a 5th grade suffix worksheet.

Base Words, Prefixes and Suffixes

Before we continue, let's start by looking at the definitions of some key terms.

  • A base word is a word that can have prefixes or suffixes added to it.

  • A prefix is a letter or set of letters added to the beginning of a word.

  • A suffix is a letter or set of letters added to the end of a word.

Let's look at some examples of base words with prefixes and suffixes attached. Note that not all the possible word combinations are listed.

  • Agree - agreement, disagree, agreeable

  • Believe - believable, believer, unbelievable

  • Care - careful, uncaring, careless

  • Decide - decision, indecision, decisive

  • Excite - excitement, excitable, unexcited, exciting

  • Friend - friendless, friendly, unfriendly, befriend

  • Happy - happiness, unhappy, unhappiness, happier, happiest

  • Love - lovely, lovelier, loveliest, unloved, lover, lovely

  • Use - usable, user, useless, misuse, used

  • View - review, preview, viewer, viewing, overview

Base Word Worksheets for 5th Grade

Here are worksheets for grade 5 elementary base words and how they work with prefixes and suffixes.

Prefix Worksheet

Directions: Write the base word on the blank provided.

  1. Antithesis __________

  2. Disappear __________

  3. Enslave _________

  4. Impossible __________

  5. Misspell _________

  6. Nonfiction _________

  7. Outweigh __________

  8. Submarine _________

  9. Surtax _________

  10. Unfair _________


  1. Thesis

  2. Appear

  3. Slave

  4. Possible

  5. Spell

  6. Fiction

  7. Weigh

  8. Marine

  9. Tax

  10. Fair

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Suffix Worksheet

Directions: Write the base word on the blank provided.

  1. Description _________

  2. Education _________

  3. Excitable _________

  4. Explosion _________

  5. Imaginary _________

  6. Kindness _________

  7. Relaxation _________

  8. Replacement _________

  9. Thankful _________

  10. Written _________


  1. Describe

  2. Educate

  3. Excite

  4. Explode

  5. Imagine

  6. Kind

  7. Relax

  8. Replace

  9. Thank

  10. Write

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Beginning, Middle and End

Understanding the relationship between prefixes, base words and suffixes is an important skill. It gives you the fundamental concept on which lots of English words are built. If you need more help, don't worry. Take a look at our article on affixes (affixes are just prefixes and suffixes) and our base word practice page for more opportunities to learn.

We even have a slideshow to see if grownups can beat 5th graders in a battle of vocabulary. Have fun!

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