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10.22: The Prefix Non-

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12
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The Prefix Non-

1. Compare the following words:

\begin{align*}& \text{complete} && \text{incomplete} \\ & \text{direct} && \text{indirect} \\ & \text{acknowledged} && \text{unacknowledged} \\ & \text{expected} && \text{unexpected}\end{align*}completedirectacknowledgedexpectedincompleteindirectunacknowledgedunexpected

What meaning do the prefixes in- and un- add to these words? “not”

2. Another prefix that means “not, no” is non-. Analyze each of the following words into prefix and stem:

Word = Analysis
nonsense = non + sense
nonstop = non + stop
nonliterate = no + literate
nonconformist = non + conformist
nonsmoker = non + smoker
nonfiction = non + fiction
nonscheduled = non + scheduled
noncommitted = non + committed
nonpayment = non + payment
nonalcoholic = non + alcoholic
nonnuclear = non + nuclear
noncommissioned = non + commissioned
nonrestrictive = non + restrictive
nonthreatening = non + threatening
noncancerous = non + cancerous

3. The following words are from the exercise you just did. Analyze each one into the parts that are listed for it:

Word = Analysis Analysis
conformist = Prefix + free base + suffix: co\begin{align*}\cancel{m}\end{align*} + n + form + ist
smoker = Free base + suffix: smok\begin{align*}\cancel{e}\end{align*} + er
scheduled = Free stem + suffix: schedul\begin{align*}\cancel{e}\end{align*} + ed
alcoholic = Free stem + suffix: alcohol + ic
cancerous = Stem + suffix: cancer + ous
threatening = Free stem + suffix: threaten + ing
payment = Free base + suffix: pay + ment
restrictive = Prefix + free base + suffix: re + strict + ive
fiction = Bound base + suffix: fict + ion
committed = Prefix + bound base + suffix: com + mit + t + ed

4. Three prefixes that add the meaning “no, not” are un-, in-, and non-.

Which one of these three sometimes assimilates? in-.

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