Fred Q
Differences between 'negative prefix' and ' be not' ? Hello, I found out there are two ways expressing negative meaning. For example, I am not happy/ I am unhappy. The car's not expensive/ inexpensive. I would like to know the slight differences and how would a native speaker deal with it? Thank you very much! Best wishes!
Jul 10, 2015 2:03 AM
Answers · 1
"Not" just means the absence of the quality, whereas the negative prefix usually indicates the opposite of the quality: unhappy means sad, but not happy does not necessarily imply sadness.
July 10, 2015
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Fred Q
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Chinese (Mandarin), English
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English