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.
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Wait a second... Did you say burgers from McDonald's? I am not entirely sure if they can even be called burgers...
Hello now I know that we have to use the dictionary, but when I am teaching this topic to my students is too boring. Do you know active techniques to teach them?
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Anonymous... when I am teaching this topic to my students, it is too boring.
For them or for you? Emotion: wink
AnonymousDo you know active techniques to teach them?
Active? I suppose you could all do the Mexican hat dance with dictionaries on your heads while learning about the topic.

In short, no. I don't even know what you mean, but I'm willing to listen if you want to explain it further. Emotion: smile

I recently bought Merriam-Webster's Vocabulary Builder but I am finding it difficult to use.
My interest is in learning the usage of basic and simple prefixes and suffixes (in, un, non, dis, de, ive, ous, able etc.,)
Is there any rule for using prefixes and suffixes. How do i know to what words they are used and also in what situations?
How do i learn them and is there any simple book that would help me? Kindly help me... I want to learn them. Please help...
I think you have posted this or a similar question on several threads now, Sonu.

In the first place, there is nothing we can tell you in these brief threads more clearly than it is laid out in Vocabulary Builder.

In the second place, I have already given you a link to a simpler book called '10-Minute Guide to Building Your Vocabulary'—have you examined a copy of that yet?

And in the third place (and yet another thread!), I have already suggested that we do not normally 'use' affixes ourselves; we observe them already attached to word roots in the vocabulary that we learn.
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I am sorry and I agree with you. I am looking for the one you have suggested I have not got it yet.
Hiya everybody,

just found this page - Thanks a lot for the wonderful explanation on prefixes - I knew there was a certain rule but couldn't remember exactly. My students like to get rules...well Emotion: big smile
And I had a good laugh over the word "UN-thawed", looked it up and...obviously, it has found its way into good online dictionaries as well - see here:

As it is suddenly used in German, too (although I'd rather use "frozen" plus I haven't yet consulted the most important dic, the "Duden"), I'd like to know what you think of this in the meantime, Joanne and Clive?

Best wishes

Thank you so much!
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thanks alOt Emotion: smile
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