What are opposite adjectives?
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The words used above are adjectives. We use them to describe a person, a thing, an idea, a place, an animal, etc.
Just think of the words happy and unhappy or believable and unbelievable.
If you try to think of other adjectives in English that behave like this, you’ll probably find lots.
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How to form opposite adjectives?
The opposite adjectives are formed using prefixes. Here’s a list of the most common ones in Italian:
And here are the most used groups of opposite adjectives where the negative meaning comes from the prefixes mentioned above.
Ideally, you should take notes about the new adjectives, write them down, and practice, repeat, and review them. This will help you memorize and remember them.
Adjectives starting with in-
The prefix in- is the most common one.
In- becomes an im- when the adjectives start with a p or an m.
Adjectives starting with dis-
Adjectives starting with s-
The prefix s- is not very common but here are some examples:
charged/out of battery or power
Adjectives starting with a-
The prefix a- is the least common, so we’ll just give you three groups of adjectives:
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Opposite adjectives: examples
Since we’ve already given you many new words, we’ll just give you a few more examples.
Questo posto è incredibile!
This place is incredible!
Mi sento un po’ inutile perché non sto facendo niente.
I feel a bit useless because I’m not doing anything.
Mattia è davvero disordinato ed è pure disonesto.
Mattia is really untidy and he’s even dishonest.
Il mio cellulare è scarico.
My mobile phone is out of battery.
Quella persona è un po’ sgradevole.
That person is unpleasant.
Mia sorella è un po’ asociale.
My sister is a bit unsociable.
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