Intra- vs Inter- (Commonly Confused)

Intra- vs Inter-

These two terms are often confused by English learners. Do you know the difference?


A prefix meaning “within” (a group or place)

Her marriage caused an intra-family conflict

Intra-European trade is made easier by the EU


A prefix meaning among or between (people, things, places)

The UN is an international organization

North Korea has developed intercontinental ballistic missiles

If you’re still not sure…

Intra-family = within your family, and not including any other families

Inter-family = between two or more different families

Intranet = limited or restricted computer connections allowing people to store and share information within an organization, company, country (such as China), school

Internet = the global connected computer system between all computers, regardless of membership of an organization

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