Questions tagged [prefixes]

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

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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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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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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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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. ...