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    Default We believe such discussions are counter-productive and reject them.

    We believe such discussions are counter-productive and reject them.
    Is "counter" an adverb?
    Why we need a hyphen here?



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    Default Re: We believe such discussions are counter-productive and reject them.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Counterproductive is spelled as one word according to Longman.

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    Default Re: We believe such discussions are counter-productive and reject them.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Counterproductive is spelled as one word according to Longman.
    Thank you, CS, for your help. Wiktionary says that "counter-" is prefix. Check the below links, please.

    counterproductive - Wiktionary

    counter- - Wiktionary

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    Default Re: We believe such discussions are counter-productive and reject them.

    Thank you, CS and OD:
    I have just searched counterproductive as you said and most of the results are spelled as one word.
    (I read "
    counter-productive" here: http://www.ncr-iran.org/en/news/nucl...litary-option-)

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    Default Re: We believe such discussions are counter-productive and reject them.

    (I read "counter-productive" here: http://www.ncr-iran.org/en/news/nucl...litary-option-)
    The publication in your link is produced in Iran, anhnha. Most translators or proofreaders of the English-language version would write it as one word. As the meaning is crystal clear, it's not worth arguing about.

    And no—'counter' is not an adverb. It's a prefix meaning 'opposing' or 'against'.

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