Questions tagged [prefixes]

A prefix is an affix that is placed before the stem of a word.

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Pronunciation of the prefix de- (UK / NA)

Example words: Decode Demilitarize Are given in Wiktionary with a short i sound "Dick-oh-d" "Dim-ill-it-ugh-rise" But I can‘t find anything in other dictionaries or examples on Youtube to back this ...
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“Pre-reserve” to express retaining something in advance

Reserve means to retain something and to keep something for a particular purpose or time. I want to use reserve but with the meaning of retaining something initially/in advance/before the time. As ...
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Why does the word “repose” not have sense of “re”(again) in it?

I just looked for the definition of "repose". It was defined as to place (confidence, trust, etc.) in someone or something Now I'm pondering over why does the definition not include the sense of "...
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Can “non” be used as a separate word?

I used non trivial and a grammar correction website shows it is wrong and should be either non-trivial or nontrivial. x appears in a non trivial number of pages Or x appears in a non-...
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Using the phrase “prefixed by” [duplicate]

Which one seems correct? non-xx domains (those that are not prefixed with "xx" sub-domains) Or non-xx domains (those that are not prefixed by "xx" sub-domains)
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What are some examples of Anonyms with “An-” prefix [closed]

I teach science to high school students. The other day I was teaching respiration to a class and the topic was Aerobic and Anaerobic Respiration. And I said Aerobic respiration is the kind of ...
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“Reedit” or “re edit”, which one is the correct one?

I saw many times both reedit and re edit refering to "edit again". Which one should I write? Are both corrects?
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''non'' Vs ''not''

İs there any particular rule for choosing which one to use (not or non) in a sentence . (I have searched but could not find !!!) The fact that being idiomatic use (not or non) is changing depending ...
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“mini-” vs “mini (space)” vs "mini (no space)?

I think words like miniskirt are usually written together. But what about other words like mini-fridge? Or even most uncommon words like mini can? I usually see the three type of usages on Google. ...
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Prefix for older people in English

I am Thai genetically pure Chinese and grown up in Chinese communities with western educations. Now I am started to have western friends. Many of them are older than me or even my dad! I know them ...
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usage of prefix multi

Is possible to use the prefix multi in combination with an adjective that describes time frequency? More in detail, does "multi-daily solution" mean "a solution that spans multiple days"? Is there a ...
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Use of metric prefixes for small numbers

These days many I see many websites shortening large numbers with the metric prefixes, for example Twitter does it like this: replacing 35 400 with 35.4K, and 34 700 000 with 34.7M. One might also ...
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Prefix “dis” in words

As much as I know the prefix dis mostly means - no, stop, and the opposite. In such words like: dislike - stop liking, disrespect - no respect, disconnect - the opposite for connect. But in such ...
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What are the patterns of Be-, A-, Pro- prefixes?

Giving un- prefix reverse the meaning of the word come after. undo/do, unfair/fair, undying/dying. I wonder how does these prefixes below modify the original words. Do they have any pattern? Be- ...
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Words that are a combination of 'a'+word

As I was studying English I found interesting grammar that made me wonder a lot. How do you Native Speakers carry so much and use so little? For instance the 'a'+word words. They are very interesting ...
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Why do identical words such as: “uttermost” and “utmost” coexist?

Let's take two words: uttermost utmost As I can see it that they are identical. They aren't two different words that have the exact same meaning, in fact "uttermost" is just another word for "utmost"...
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Can we 're'+verb any verb?

It's a strange question but can we add 're' to any verb? replan revisit rechange reinsist Is it possible to add 're' to compound verbs? refind out rebring back refly over reshout out Does it work ...
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undiscoverable vs indiscoverable in AmE

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, both undiscoverable and indiscoverable are valid adjectives, and indiscoverable deserves a web page of its own: http://www.merriam-webster.com/...
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Opposite of Latin-derived prefix equi-

My Merriam-Webster dictionary says the prefix stem in words such as the one in "equilateral triangle" (triangle with equal sides), is "equi-", meaning "same". What I would like to know is, similarly, ...
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Is there an antonym(…) for “append”?

The dictionary says that the meaning of append is to attach something to the end of a document: append [uh-pend] 1. to add as a supplement, accessory, or appendix; subjoin: to append a note ...
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Usage of “UN” Prefix

Is it natural to say "Unparse"? Sounds scratchy, and weird, but I've seen such kind of words... Is it normal to put un before to any word to make it opposite? And if a word can't take un as a prefix, ...
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unsupported vs not supported

I have often seen in software sentences like "Feature is not supported." What about using "unsupported"? Are they differences of meaning / usage between these two? EDIT: Sorry for people who ...
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Rules for pronouncing prefixes and suffixes

I'm hoping 'this' is the right place, as my attempt on the Linguistic site failed miserably (it was moved to the ELL site, here -> Phonetic transcription of English prefixes and suffixes). In case '...
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What's with “star as interesting” and “unstar as interesting”?

These are normal common messages most of us who've chatted in SE chat interfaces have seen. I find the way the negation prefix un- "acts" intriguing. Why would I star and unstar a chat message as ...
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Negation prefixes: un- or in-?

Is there any general rule how to choose between negation prefixes? Sometimes it's un- like in unpopular or unhealthy, while in other cases it's in- (and its variants) like in impossible or irrelevant....
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What does a the prefix “a-” mean in “a-changing”

For example in The Times They are a-Changin' (Bob Dylan). I suppose it's old language. Where does this prefix come from and what does it mean?
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How are numerical prefixes chosen for words?

There are many numerical words, such as: Primary, Secondary, Tertiary Pentagon, Hexagon, Heptagon Billion, Trillion, Quadrillion Unity, Duality, Trinity Methane, Ethane, Propane ...
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Why instability and not unstability?

Why do we go from using the prefix un- in unstable to using the prefix in- in instability? Why can't we just keep using un-?
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Can I place suffixes and prefixes whenever it seems correct?

When I speak English, it is often necessary to use the adverb or noun form of a certain word. However, even when it seems more suitable in a given situation or context, I don't use a prefix or suffix ...
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Looking for the name of this type of grammatical term “im-”, “mis-”

We can break some words in two or three parts. Example: Impossible = Im + possible Misconception = Miss + conception What does these type of grammatical term called? PS:I'm looking for this, ...
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a fighting for the glory - how do you understand this type of grammar?

A stanza from a song called John Paul Jones by Johnny Horton: When John Paul was a captain in the U.S. Naval Band A fightin' for the glory and the freedom of our land He made those British ...
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Is it right to say “a multi-vegetable salad”?

I want to state a salad that has many different kinds of vegetables, so can I say "a multi-vegetable salad"? I've looked up the meaning of the prefix "multi" in Oxford learner's dictionary http://www....
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Hobgoblin, hobnail, hobnob

I would like to know if "hob" can be considered as a prefix, and if yes, does it have some meaning, at least vague? I am thinking in particular about words hobgoblin, hobnail, hobnob...
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agreement with so and neither

We agree with positive statements using so-too: I have a red car. (Sara) So does Sara But with the negative statements we use neither-either: I don't have a brother. (Jhon) Neither does ...
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Would you help me with prefixes?

Ultrasonic Supersonic Would anybody explain me whether is there any difference between the followings or Not? Ultra- Super-
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How to form some tag questions?

We always use a positive tag question after a negative sentence: You shouldn't take this medicine, should you? We use a negative tag question after a positive sentence: She must leave early, ...
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Pronunciation of the prefix “anti” in American English

From what I understand, the British pronunciation would be [anti] pretty much everywhere. But in American English I usually hear [antai], although it is mixed up with [anti] from time to time. ...
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Prefix and Suffix issue (second part)

I'm developing an application in English language but my English is not very good. The application consists in to load a text file, specify a prefix and a suffix, then when the file is loaded and the ...
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Prefix and Suffix issue

My question is simple, is there a known reason why the word "prefix" has only one "f" but the word "suffix" has two, "ff"?
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How should I use the “in-”, “im-”, “il-”, and “ir-” prefixes?

Consider the following words: impossible; incorrect; impatient; illegal; irregular; The meaning of the prefixes is the same (negation the adverb), but they are still different prefixes. ...
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What is the difference between “unacademic” and “nonacademic”?

Both the words mean "not academic," but is there any difference between unacademic, and nonacademic? Is there any phrase where one of the words should be used instead of the other?