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louannjordan

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Hi,

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
 

Horsa

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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
 

Tdol

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