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    Adjective Antonyms with non

    Hello,

    Could some of the native English speakers help me? Can the following adjectives form their antonyms with NON (preferable - non-preferable) or do I have to find another word (preferable-unwanted) ?

    despicable
    formidable
    amiable
    likable
    abominable
    feasible
    preferable
    punishable
    knowledgeable
    lamentable
    admirable
    laughable
    indefatigable

    And yes,
    do we say unlikable or non-likable?
    is interminable antonym of terminable or does it have another meaning?

    Thanks a lot

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    Re: Adjective Antonyms with non

    Quote Originally Posted by student30 View Post
    Hello,

    Could some of the native English speakers help me? Can the following adjectives form their antonyms with NON (preferable - non-preferable) or do I have to find another word (preferable-unwanted) ?

    despicable
    formidable
    amiable
    likable
    abominable
    feasible
    preferable
    punishable
    knowledgeable
    lamentable
    admirable
    laughable
    indefatigable

    And yes,
    do we say unlikable or non-likable?
    is interminable antonym of terminable or does it have another meaning?

    Thanks a lot
    No, they can't. And, yes, we would say unlikable. Un- would, in fact, work with a few of them (as unknowledgeable .) In- would be better here: infeasible.

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