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

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Do energize and enervate share some common or related root or affix?

energize is an antonym to enervate, which I think look the most similar in form. I was wondering if the two share some common or related/similar root or affix (prefix or suffix)? I couldn't find a ...
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negative prefixes vs not

illogical ineffective impossible irregular I'd like to know if you agree that all these prefixes can always be replaced by a construction with "not" -- so "not logical" etc while ...
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Why does the prefix "super-" change the word class of the noun "strength", while the adjective "superstrong" exists?

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, super- is a prefix meaning either "bigger, better, or more important than others of the same kind" or "superior in position or rank." ...
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Why does "sub" prefix have two different pronunciations?

The title tells the story! As an English learner I noticed that some words consisting the "sub" are sometimes pronounced slightly different. For example according to the Merriam-Webster (...
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where can I look up the antonyms of a word root?

I was wondering where I could look up the antonyms of a word root? for example, I would like to find that out for endo- and epi-. I didn't find it on etymology.com. thanks.
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ability and inabilty (Positive and negative)

Context: I am not good at drawing, so which sentence should I use? Don't judge me by my ability to draw or Don't judge me by my inability to draw
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Is "a pair of words formed with prefixes that convey the same meaning" ambiguous?

I was asked to choose, between two options, the correct. The question: A pair of words formed with prefixes that convey the same meaning is ( x ) inside/intimate ( ✓ ) impossible/discourage It's ...
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The word "Unlockable"

Unlockable(unlock-able) usually means something that can be unlocked. Ex: That door is unlockable. However, I noticed that you can say the opposite... Unlockable(un-lockable). Something that can not ...
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Can I safely use "not" instead of words with negative prefixes?

Sometimes it's difficult for me as a learner to remember the negative word as a new word with prefix. For example, the negative of pleasant is unpleasant. Can I safely use not instead? I'm not ...
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Can I use the combination "multi-adjective+noun"?

I'd like to learn if I can use the combination "multi-adjective+noun" to form an adjective. Examples; This is a multi-rigid-body analysis. (I mean that this analysis has more than one ...
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Irreproducible, unreproducible, non-reproducible or not reproducible, which one to use?

I was going to add a tag for issues of my GitHub repository, to describe an issue that would not be able to be reproduced. Here are the four versions of this word I can think of: Irreproducible ...
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Can a sound or phoneme be an affix?

I was thinking that a sound or phoneme might go on, after, or before a word like the sound 'oh' going after the word 'that' or 'game' which might make the words 'thatoh' or 'gameoh' So I thought or ...
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Is the prefix of heterarchy right?

I read an article on the opposite of herarchy: Is heterarchy the answer to the crisis of hierarchy?, but the prefix of heterarchy seems suspect to me. I don't find a prefix as heter then I thought ...
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What are the prefixes for sextuple, septuple, octuple, etc. called?

It's a simple question, really, but I have never known who to ask or what to Google.
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using the prefix "Self"

I came up with the following structure , trying to say that everyone should take their own precautionary measures. The structure: Every one should take a self-precautionary measures. My question: is ...
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Why is "gusting" not the opposite of "disgusting"?

The prefix dis often makes a word negative. It is a negative prefix. For example: courage and discourage, the latter is the opposite of the former. Continue and discontinue, honest and dishonest and ...
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Pronunciation rules for "CH" and "arch-"

Yesterday I was watching Pokémon where I encountered this word "archenemy". It is definitely not the first time I am hearing it, though it is the first time I am putting thought into it. ...
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how does a prefix related to the meaning of the created word?

I was reading prefixes in essential words for Tofel but in some words, I don't see the relation between the prefix and the created word meaning. for example: anterior made with the prefix ante ...
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How to spell a "subsubsection"?

I hesitated asking my question in Tex Exchange, but I finally opt for English Language Learners: In LaTeX, there are commands that allow you to create sections and subsections in your document file. ...
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Which prefix is the antonym of "co"?

"Co" implies partnership and togetherness in many technical contexts, e.g., co-planar (located in the same plane), co-orbital (moving in the same orbit), etc. Which prefix is the antonym of "co" ...
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Is there the word "over-preoccupation"?

I've seen “over-preoccupation” in a paragraph and searched for the meaning, but I only came across results with "preoccupation" - without the "over".
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Not educated VS Uneducated

Is there any difference in 1) He is not educated 2) He is uneducated ? And if there is no, is it possible to make negation with other words by putting "not" in front of them? If you have different ...
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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 How are the prefixes ...
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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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