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    Hi,

    Are Prepone (for rescheduling something to an earlier date)
    and Postpone (for rescheduling something to a later date) authentic words?

    And are they used by native speakers?

    Thanks


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    Re: Prepone and Postpone

    I am not a teacher or anything but in my experience I have never seen prepone used to mean bring something forward, not even in very formal texts. Postpone, on the other hand, is quite usual in formal and semi-formal language.

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    Re: Prepone and Postpone

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Hi,

    Are Prepone (for rescheduling something to an earlier date)
    and Postpone (for rescheduling something to a later date) authentic words?

    And are they used by native speakers?

    Thanks
    It seems to me that I have seen "prepone" somewhere, I don't remember where, but it is not usual. Postpone, however, is very widely used.

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    Re: Prepone and Postpone

    Quote Originally Posted by Diadorim View Post
    I am not a teacher or anything but in my experience I have never seen prepone used to mean bring something forward, not even in very formal texts. Postpone, on the other hand, is quite usual in formal and semi-formal language.
    Check these...
    Citations:prepone - Wiktionary
    A.Word.A.Day -- prepone
    prepone definition - Dictionary - MSN Encarta
    Prepone Definition | Definition of Prepone at Dictionary.com

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    Re: Prepone and Postpone

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    It seems to me that I have seen "prepone" somewhere, I don't remember where, but it is not usual. Postpone, however, is very widely used.
    What expression or word will a native speaker use to express the same thought..?

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    Re: Prepone and Postpone

    My experience with native speakers is limited to the US and England. In those countries, prepone is not a word in common usage -- I dare say that most people wouldn't know what it means. When you say "native speakers" do you have speakers from a specific country in mind?

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    Re: Prepone and Postpone

    Quote Originally Posted by Diadorim View Post
    My experience with native speakers is limited to the US and England. In those countries, prepone is not a word in common usage -- I dare say that most people wouldn't know what it means. When you say "native speakers" do you have speakers from a specific country in mind?
    By native speakers we always refer to people whose first language is English, ex people from UK, US, Australia and Canada.

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    Re: Prepone and Postpone

    It is too early to tell if the word will gain wide acceptance in the USA or the UK. Time will tell.


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    Re: Prepone and Postpone

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    It is too early to tell if the word will gain wide acceptance in the USA or the UK. Time will tell.

    What expression or word will you as a native speaker use to express the same thought..?

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