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Thread: Prefixes

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    I would like to know why the prefix un- cannot be attached to such words as happier, luckier and friendlier.

    Thanking you in advance for your assistance.

    Lou-Ann Jordan

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    Re: Prefixes


    It is a very interesting question, but how can we answer it? I am not sure why.

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    Re: Prefixes

    Actually, I believe we not only can but often do. Perhaps in teaching EFL some adhere too closely to the 'rules' about more/most and 3 syllable adjectives. I googled it and found as many entries using the un + ier forms as used the more + un + ly

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    Re: Prefixes

    You will hear those forms being used, though less so in formal language.

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