“I” – Vocab-ability Prefixes – A More Powerful Vocabulary (This post includes all prefixes beginning with the letter “I”)

in writing •  last year
This post comprises all those prefixes that begin with the letter “I.” It includes many English words whose etymology can be traced to Greek and Latin roots.  

If you learn these prefixes, you will be able to understand and use many English words that feature them. Vocab-ability is an easy-to-use resource guide to help you understand those prefixes.    

In total, this Vocab-ability post features 4 prefixes that begin with the letter “I."

Free Use: 

Please feel free to download the following material, copy it, print it out, and distribute it for any and all educational purposes. If it helps you or your students increase your English vocabulary, it will have served its purpose. And I will know that my efforts have proven beneficial. (Please see my additional comments and notes below the entries.)

Vocab-ability Prefix–286 (in__, en__, em__ = in, upon, toward)

Vocab-ability Prefix–287 (in__, il__ , im__ , ir__ = not, without)

Vocab-ability Prefix–288 (inter__ = between)

Vocab-ability Prefix–289 (intra__, intro__ = within)

Note re Copyright / Free Use: 

I hold the copyright to the original Vocab-ability guide, which was published in 2002. I hereby grant free use to all the material contained in this post and all other Vocab-ability posts on Steemit.    

Note re Copying each Screenshot: 

Each separate entry (including those in this and other Vocab-ability posts) consists of one screenshot (since making screenshots was the only way I could properly format the individual entries for uploading to Steemit). To use these entries for your personal study or in any classroom, you can download any or all screenshots by clicking and dragging the screenshots that you want to use, and then print them out.   

Note re Passing on the Vocab-ability Links: 

Alternatively, you can simply pass on one or more of the following links to the Vocab-ability posts:

Vocab-ability – Introduction to “Vocab-ability”.

Vocab-ability – Guide to Entries.

Vocab-ability Prefixes – All PREFIXES beginning with “A”.

Vocab-ability Prefixes – The Single PREFIX beginning with “B”.

Vocab-ability Prefixes – All PREFIXES beginning with “C”.

Vocab-ability Prefixes – All PREFIXES beginning with “D”.

Vocab-ability Prefixes – All PREFIXES beginning with “E”.

Vocab-ability Prefixes – The Single PREFIX beginning with “F”.

Vocab-ability Prefixes – All PREFIXES beginning with “H”.

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Glad to see that someone is doing this on here! Many people need this kind of posts so I personally thank you :)


Cool. I personally and professionally (well, semi-pro, here on Steemit) thank you for your kinds works.

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Cheers, and Full Steem Ahead.


Wow, so many kind words that I don't even know how to react :D (I'm an introvert and it's hard to express myself into words)
Really thank you from the bottom of my heart, your opinion matters a lot to me :)

Happy to know about you! @fitinfun had introduce you in her post recently. Anyways I'm glad to check you out. Because after reading this article you not only giving free hand outs for others to share around but also you thought me a lot of new words!
Are you doing this daily basis?


Happy to meet you. And glad you like this and that you are handing them out.
I'm currently trying to upload these groups of prefixes on a daily basis.

About 3 months from now, I will begin posting each individual entry (each text box). Then, I will definitely do them daily, and will probably include short exercises for any learner to complete. Hope you keep following and finding those posts.

You are a great writter and i think I am lucky who follow you and learn new thing from you and your post you always try to give a lesson to the reader
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and the second main thing on your post is that you also give a brief reply which cover more information keep it up
God bless you


Thank you for your compliment and kind words. I consider myself lucky to be able to share this material, and lucky to have followers who appreciate this material.

I'll keep it up for quite a while...

This is a great way to learn the language.
I think all the teacher's should approach English this way.
Specially in the Asian and the African belt.


Thanks, and ... no kidding. I'm currently studying Thai, and sometimes I wish we students had a similar reference of all the Thai vocab.


Yes, it's always easy to remember the meaning of the words, when you know the roots of the smaller words within the word.
I see only few teachers practicing this.

I knew it all. What a winner.


Woohoo. Second place in the writing contest, FIRST place here.

I hereby announce that @sandrina.life is the champion of this "I - Vocab-ability" post!!! Congrats!!!!!

Too bad, I have never heard most this words in my entire life! Damn I should keep on following you!


Yep, you damn well should keep following me. You just might learn something ... or many things. In a few months, I'm gonna do daily posts of each individual entry (each "text box"). I will include short exercises, which will receive upvotes if completed properly in the comments section.

Then, you will really start learning a lot. Good luck!!


That sounds great! Instead of an expensive English course a free course on my favorite platform! I will definitely follow you!


Great. I wanna teach hundreds of thousands of students around the world, on Steemit. (So, I guess I need another 99,000 followers.)


Hahah next time, I will resteem your post. Hopefully it will help you to find a few other students!


Thanks. Much appreciated.

I think I’m very immature 😂


Good exercise. If you can use the word "immature" in such fictional and creative way, you must be very intelligent and ... MATURE!


I will eventually become intelligent and mature enough if you keep on posting this educational post. I will continue to learn more... it will help me increase my very limited vocabulary.

As we are Asians, and our good English is not good as yours, but The work you are doing is great, i'm learning a lot :)
Thanks :)


Many Asians can speak very good English, so don't let your Asian-ness hold you back.

Awesome work as always..
Word meanings and sentences, I feel like I'm in school again but in a good way.


Cool. Some people would say that education begins AFTER school is finished. In a good way!


Those are very wise people

Your article, as always, is very informative. I believe that you are doing a great job sharing knowledge with others. Good luck to you

Ваша статья, как всегда, очень познавательная. Я верю, что Вы делаете великое дело делясь знаниями с окружающими. Удачи Вам.

thank you for sharing this important friend info yes

I was really looking for this kinda thing,
It is really helping me to improve my Vocabulary, you are doing a great job.

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Another helpful article..! 🤗

u deserve a big thanks that u r continuing this series..!
this prefix based word learning thing is helping me out well..!!

Not to mention, i collected ur scrnshots from letter A to H already..!

i think this process of enriching vocabulary is helping out a lot non-English speakers around here..!!! 🙌

Keep the good work going..! 👌
~Tennis Girl 🎾🎾

Thanks for sharing this post.
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I like your writing post.....resteemit.