Adjectives and Opposites - Prefix
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Adjectives and Opposites - Prefix
Negative prefixes before adjectives
We can form the opposite of many adjectives or give the negative meaning by adding a negative prefix. (a prefix is a syllable that goes before a word)
 
 Have a look at these examples:
                     Happy ---> unhappy
                     Fair---> unfair
                     Friendly ---> unfriendly
                     Important ---> unimportant
                     Pleasant ---> unpleasant
                     Popular ---> unpopular
                     Prepared---> unprepared
 
These are the most common negative prefixes used with adjectives:
dis- il- im- in- ir- un-
disrespectful illegitimate impossible indecent irrelevant unreasonable
dissatisfied illogical immature incapable irregular unfortunate

Other negative prefixes are:
      a- anti- countrer- mal- non-
amoral antisocial counterproductive malcontent non-violent
asexual anti-aircraft counterfeit malnourished non-profit

The prefixes im- il- and ir- are in fact a variety of in-:
·                     im- is used before words beginning with m or p: impersonal, immortal.
·                     il- is used before words beginning with lillegal.
·                     ir- is used with words beginning with rirregular.

SUMMARY

Negative prefixes before adjectives
We can form the opposite of many adjectives or give the negative meaning by adding a negative prefix. (a prefix is a syllable that goes before a word)
 
 Have a look at these examples:
                     Happy ---> unhappy
                     Fair---> unfair
                     Friendly ---> unfriendly
                     Important ---> unimportant
                     Pleasant ---> unpleasant
                     Popular ---> unpopular
                     Prepared---> unprepared
 
These are the most common negative prefixes used with adjectives:
dis- il- im- in- ir- un-
disrespectful illegitimate impossible indecent irrelevant unreasonable
dissatisfied illogical immature incapable irregular unfortunate

Other negative prefixes are:
      a- anti- countrer- mal- non-
amoral antisocial counterproductive malcontent non-violent
asexual anti-aircraft counterfeit malnourished non-profit

The prefixes im- il- and ir- are in fact a variety of in-:
·                     im- is used before words beginning with m or p: impersonal, immortal.
·                     il- is used before words beginning with lillegal.
·                     ir- is used with words beginning with rirregular.
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