‘Inter’ and ‘intra’ are considered prefixes, which usually come at the beginning of a sentence. But what does ‘inter’ and ‘intra’ mean? And what’s the difference between the two? We’ll discuss that in this article, plus you’ll learn the proper usage for both prefixes.
Don’t feel like skimming for the answer? Here’s the quick version. ‘Inter’ is used when referring to something ‘between’ two or more than two places or groups. ‘Intra’ is used when talking about something that’s happening ‘within’ the same group or place.
As you just learned, ‘inter’ is a prefix that means between two groups, and ‘intra’ is a prefix that means within or inside of one group.
Wondering how to use both prefixes correctly?
Well, when you mean “between” two or more things, people, or groups, use ‘inter.’
When you mean “inside or within” one thing, person, or group, use ‘intra.’
Take a look at some examples.
The Merriam-Webster definition of ‘inter’ is: “to deposit (a dead body) in the earth or in a tomb,” “between: among: in the midst,” “reciprocal,” “located between,” “carried on between,” “occurring between,” “intervening,” “shared by, involving, or derived from two or more,” “between the limits of: within,” and “existing between.”
Synonyms of the word include:
The Merriam-Webster definition of ‘intra’ is: “within,” “during,” “between layers of,” and “intro.”
Now that we’re a bit more familiar with both prefixes let’s see how to use them as part of words in a sentence.
Here’s how to use ‘intra’ correctly in a sentence as part of a word.
Now that you know the difference between these prefixes and the meaning of both, you can use them both correctly in a sentence. You’ll recognize what they mean when attached to words, at least to some degree. Use the above examples to help guide you as you form your own sentences.
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