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    non- V.S un-

    What is the difference between the two prefixes "non-" and "un-"?

    What is the difference for example betweem the two words "non- pronounced" and "unpronounced"??

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: non- V.S un-

    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    What is the difference between the two prefixes "non-" and "un-"?

    What is the difference for example betweem the two words "non- pronounced" and "unpronounced"??

    Thanks a lot.
    Often there's no difference.
    'Non-' means 'not'. 'Un-' can also means 'not'.
    But 'un-' can also mean 'reversed', as in tied/untied, done/undone,

    I'm not sure that 'non-pronounced' is a word. Anyway, you have to learn which prefix is used with which words. Note that variants of 'un-' are 'in-', 'im-', il-, ir-
    In-: inhumane, inexplicable, insane ...
    Im-: 'impossible', 'improper', imbalance, immature ...
    Il- : illegal, illegitimate
    Ir-: irreducible, irrelevant, irreplacable

    You might notice that 'im-' is used before 'b','p','m' - that is, bilabial consonants.

    Also look here:
    http://www.e-tme.com/complete%20list...20suffixes.htm

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