[Vocabulary] I want to know about prefixes which infuse “negative” meaning.

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neincredits

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There are negative prefixes which add negative meaning to words: un-,in-,a-,an-,counter-, and etc.
What I am wondering is if there are rules for combining these prefixes with other words.

For example, “in-“ and “un-“ have same characteristic, which add negative meaning to words.
We use the word “unhappy”, but not “inhappy” or “antihappy”.

If someone knows about it, I’d be really happy. Thanks!
 
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We use the word “unhappy”, but not “unhappy”.

Welcome to the forum. :hi:

Your sentence above doesn't make sense. You've used "unhappy" twice.
 

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Welcome to the forum. :hi:

Your sentence above doesn't make sense. You've used "unhappy" twice.

Oh, I didn’t notice it! I made a correction about it.
 

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You shouldn't change the original post, neincredits, because the following response (emsr2d2's in this case) sometimes doesn't make sense if you do that.
I think you can type in the reason for an edit, such as "Fixing a typo".
:)
 

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To : tzfujimino

Sorry for making mistakes. I’ll keep that in mind :)
 
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It makes me think about one characteristic of language : customary. Thank you for your nice explantation! I’ll bear that in mind for later studying.
 
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