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Hi,
I just have one confusion of where to apply the negative prefixes life un,dis,non,a correctly.
We may have come across different fields where they are employed frequently, but, we don't know how to apply the correct negative prefixes.
So, can anyone help me out please.
Thanks,
praveen.
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That is an excellent explanation! I had a book once that explained the rules, and your description was many times better than what the book offered, and what I was hoping to find on the internet! Thanks!
hi,guys!i can understand you...negative prefixes are extremely difficult!!just try to be patient....bye....[8]
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This is very interesting Thank you for taking the time to write it.
I found this thread because, I was recently corrected for using 'un' instead of 'non'.
I argue that Non makes no sense. Understand the wordiness of the paragraph is sarcastic because a young poster had implied that another member was not using English, because he could not understand the message conveyed.

What we obviously need to do, is raise Academic standards, and remove the unnegotiable electives that are diverting the resources of institutionalized imparting of knowledge , degenerating the objective of that endeavor we call public education, perhaps then H.S. graduates can recognize and interpret the English language, prior to the pursuit of formalised inclusion in recreational activities without scholastic merit.

Non-negotiable wouldn't make any sense, now would it ?
adj. Difficult or impossible to settle by arbitration, mediation, or mutual concession: a nonnegotiable demand.

The context is clearly supportive of unnegotiable
adj.:Incapable of being used or availed of to advantage: impracticable, impractical, unserviceable, unusable, unworkable, useless.
hello guys, this for a help forum was a great help about the dis and un prefix.
thanks.
"In-" is usually used when something seems to be impossible, but is actually possible, but incredibly hard to succeed, so they put "in" rather than"un"
 In-dependence - You don't depend on something, it would be extremely hard to live if you had to depend on something because you haven't. Like, you suddenly start depending on burgers in McDonald because every other restaurant or store has been destroyed. Now, it would be hard to live on those burgers because you haven't eaten them for years straight, 3 times a day, unless you have been doing it. If you have, you probably are fat, and you depend on it. No offence. Just examples.
"Un-" is rather impossible, or seemingly impossible. So, if you can't change a lightbulb without using a chair, well, its impossible to (without the chairstill). BUT it CAN be "seeming" because it could be possible because you could wait until you are 25 and then try again, or the ceiling could fall a little and you could try to do it when the ceiling is actually on the ground, which would never happen unless you are extremely lucky. The part I crossed out was on purpose. If you are in Gaza or Iraq, it would be proper to actually say "in" rather than "un" in this case, but we cannot as it is not proper. Un-reachable. In-reachable?
So, saying is un at impossible times, while saying is in at possible-but-seems-to-be-impossible times. Although, "in" and "un" can be used as a reverse of what you are doing, like un-doing. Un is more used at this time, but every now and then, you find a in word
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I like to use "un" when it refers to something completely opposite to itself. I use "dis" when there is still a degree of the word existing. For example: I will refer my belief in a Great Spirit yet there are times when I am in unbelief (nothing); and times when I am doubtful or in disbelief.
hi,"the terms you use are "coined phrases" not frequently used by the average English speaker,or the speaker of average english, however there is a practical approach to the usage of English, i.e. it is more than likely that 98% of the population will never drive a plane, therefore the use of "plane-ing" a person is rather unlikely. Over 98% of the population in the western world would use "carred him" but if used in countries where there is traditional English, they would think that you meant "cared" and have omitted a very essential preposition'FOR' (a frrequent error or omission), but we have planed a plank and hit a tree or him, which is more acceptable and easily understood by any country and any nationality that speaks traditional English. We have"Pitted" here which means a beautiful man marrying an equally gorgeous girl Angelina Jolie " and its frequently corrected to read "pitied"in simple case which isn't a simple case at all? Yes?
I need help with the prefix non and my math. lol

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I am a native English speaker. I really enjoyed reading that. What an amazing explanation. I didn't know about the rules myself. Fanscinating. English would be such a nightmare to learn for NESBs!!

Thanks,

Claire
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