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Irreversible. Disloyal. Indecisive. Impractical. Atypical. Counterintuitive. Illiterate. Abnormal. Deactivate. Misremember. Antiracism. Nonaddictive. Maladjusted. Childless. Cholesterol-free. Just as not every plural is formed by adding s to the singular, not every negative is formed by adding un. One of the challenges of the English language is the variety of addons that can be united with base words to create their opposites. Sometimes the reason for using a given prefix or suffix has to do with the meaning of the negative word, sometimes with the form or the etymological root of the base word.
WORDS ENDING IN A SIB~ANT SOUNDS, SH, SOFT CH, X OR Z-ADD ES lens bass rash speech match lenses basses rashes speeches matches fox topaz the jones family the Katz family the March family foxes topazes the joneses the Katzes the Marches Note that these plurals do not take an apostrophe. For more on this, see the discussion under "Apostrophe" on page 199. In a few cases, the final z or s must be or may optionally be doubled before the es: for example, quiz--quizzes, bus-buses or busses. WORDS ENDING IN IS CHANGE TOES basis crisis hypothesis thesis parenthesis bases crises hypotheses theses parentheses WORDS ENDING IN A CONSONANT FOLLOWED BY Y CHANGE TOlES twenty harpy patty family brandy twenties harpies patties families brandies If the y is preceded by a vowel, it usually does not change: for 43 GRAMMATICALLY CORRECT example, galleys, donkeys.
In other cases, the actual pronunciation has been changed from the original ( restauranteur, sherbert). As a writer, you must decide where your own comfort level lies. But do remember that even if you can justify an unconventional spelling to your publisher by pointing to a source, you run the risk 21 GRAMMATICALLY CORRECT of some of your readers simply assuming an error on your part; they aren't likely to turn to the dictionary to see if it would vindicate you. It is usually better practice to go with the more standard form of the word.