Jeremy (jeremaineiac) wrote in linguaphiles,
Jeremy
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Can anyone explain the rules to me for "undoing" or "oppositing" a word in English?

For example, when do we use un- vs. im- vs. in-. I know un is usually used in verbs (untie), but it is also on unnecessary. And there is impatient but also incompetent. I am pretty sure im vs in is a simple matter of phonemes, but the un- vs. those two kinda confuses me as well.

Thanks!
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