What are the adjectives ending in -bile?
This specific ending comes from Latin and refers to the possibility or the ability to have a specific characteristic.
Their equivalents in English usually end in -ble (also either -able or -ible) so they are easy to recognize and learn. Here’s a list of common adjectives ending in -bile:
- accessibile: accessible
- accettabile: acceptable
- compatibile: compatible
- comprensibile: comprehensible
- concepibile: conceivable
- credibile: credible
- desiderabile: desirable
- paragonabile: comparable
- possibile: possible
- responsabile: responsible
- sensibile: sensitive (if you want to say sensible, then you can say sensato)
- vulnerabile: vulnerable
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What are the adjectives starting with in-, im-, ir- and ending in -bile?
Like in English, in Italian we can say the opposite of an adjective just by adding two letters at the beginning of it: either in-, im-, or -ir. Think of the words possible vs. impossible, or credible vs. incredible.
It’s the same logic in Italian. We tend to use in- much more often than im-.
However, there are some exceptions: im- is usually added to those adjectives starting with a “p” or an “m“.
We’ll leave the rest to you. Make sure you apply the rules we just gave you.
- inaccessibile: inaccessible
- inaccettabile: inacceptable
- incompatibile: incompatible
- incomprensibile: incomprehensible
- inconcepibile: inconceivable
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