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    Default Prefix -satisfied

    So, what's the difference between
    Un- satisfied /-Satisfactory/-satisfaction
    Dis-satisfied /-Satisfactory/-Satisfaction
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    And, what is the diff. between "Satisfactory" and "satisfied"?

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    Default Re: Prefix -satisfied

    Verb, Adjective, and Participle (used for people): satisfied; negative, unsatisfied
    Adjective (used for things): satisfactory; negative, unsatisfactory
    Noun: satisfaction; negative, no satisfaction

    Hope that helps some.

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    Default Re: Prefix -satisfied

    And, how about : Dissatisfactory and Unsatisfactory? Dissatisfied and Unsatisfied?
    And when we use "satisfactory" and "satisfying"?
    Last edited by Belly T; 19-Feb-2007 at 11:37.

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    Default Re: Prefix -satisfied

    un- expresses a word's opposite:

    happy; unhappy
    satisfied; unsatisfied

    dis- expresses a change in state:

    colored; discolored => re-colored
    satisfied; dissatisfied => re-satisfy

    All the best.

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    Default Re: Prefix -satisfied

    NO, I really still don't understand even a thing
    What is "A change in state"?

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    Default Re: Prefix -satisfied

    An example of a change in state is when something that is satisfactory becomes unsatisfactory. There is a change in state whenever something's description changes - for example, from on to off.

    There is no word dissatisfactory. A person can be dissatisfied or unsatisfied though.

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    Last edited by BobK; 19-Feb-2007 at 12:53. Reason: Fix typo

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    Default Re: Prefix -satisfied

    OK. Let's tackle it from a different angle: Practice. I found this on Describing Satisfaction. Ignore the first part, scroll down to where it says Grammar to describe satisfaction, and take a look at the parts of speech and the examples. There's also an exercise you can do. Answers and explanations are provided.

    Let us know if you have questions.

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    Default Re: Prefix -satisfied

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    dissatisfied or unsatisfied though.

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    So what is the difference between them?
    editted: Thanks Casi... That really helps!

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    Default Re: Prefix -satisfied

    One difference could be that when you're dissatisfied, something is not good enough, but unsatisfied could simply mean that there wasn't enough. A small dinner would leave me unsatisfied and a bad one, dissatisfied.

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    Default Re: Prefix -satisfied

    I'll use Casi's post to explain the difference:
    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    un- expresses a word's opposite:
    happy; unhappy
    satisfied; unsatisfied
    An unsatisfied person is the opposite of satisfied. 'We pride ourselves on never having an unsatisfied customer.' (An unsatisfied customer is angry or upset.)

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    dis- expresses a change in state:
    colored; discolored => re-colored
    satisfied; dissatisfied => re-satisfy
    All the best.
    A dissatisfied person has been satisfied to some extent, but not fully. 'Your assistant has met some of my needs; but I am still dissatisfied in one respect....' (This person is not angry; he is on the way to being satisfied.)

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