If you’ve ever heard of prefixes and wondered what they are, then you’ve come to the right place. In this article, you’ll learn all about negative prefixes and how to use them.
So, first of all, what is a prefix? Well, it’s quite simple, really:
There aren’t just negative prefixes in the English language; prefixes can express all kinds of things, including time, place, and manner.
But for the purposes of this article, we’re going to be looking specifically at negative prefixes. You add them to the front of a noun, adjective, or verb in order to negate the word so that it means the opposite of what it originally meant.
Look at the following examples of words and their corresponding prefixed word.
Here’s the thing:
They’ve already been allocated and categorized. So let’s dive in.
If you need a refresher, vowels are:
There is one prefix that is only ever paired up with words that begin with a consonant letter, and that is a-.
Here’s an example sentence containing an a- word:
Jonny’s behavior is atypical for his age.
This sentence means that Jonny’s behavior is not typical for a boy his age.
Some prefixes are only ever paired with words that begin with specific letters:
Words that use the il- prefix always begin with the letter 'l.'
Words that use the im- prefix always begin with an 'b,' 'm,' or 'p.'
Words that use the ir- prefix always begin with the letter 'r.'
Here are some words that begin with those prefixes:
And here’s an example sentence for each one:
Crossing the border without a passport is illegal.
He is imperfect, but he is my Mr. Right.
Irregular verbs are the bane of my existence.
And finally, some prefixes are completely random:
Dis-, in-, non-, un-
Here’s a list of words that begin with these prefixes:
'Non-' words are sometimes hyphenated, like ‘non-fiction.’
Let’s have a look at some example sentences for each one:
Some people do disagree with me sometimes, but they’re just wrong.
The information presented in the summary is inaccurate.
They said we can’t do overtime, which is nonsense.
The rates of unemployment have been steadily rising.
Well, that concludes this article on negative prefixes. I hope you’ve found it useful and informative.
Here’s a summary of what we’ve learned:
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