Prefix De- When search the meaning for the word “de-” in dictionary, I got the meaning as Prefix: De- Undo, reverse, do the opposite. So can I use the word "de-" with all verbs to make negation such as de-open to mean close Similarly, de-work to mean “do not work”
Aug 2, 2014 8:12 AM
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No, it's not as simplistic as that. If there is already a verb that exists, it sounds a little strange to make up a new word in the way you're trying to. I'd think you were trying too hard to be clever, or that you didn't actually understand the language very well. I simply suggest more reading, and less looking for "magic tricks". By the way, did you notice the first word in the explanation for "de-" was "undo" and not "de-do"?
August 2, 2014
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