(Negative Prefixes like ig-)
What is the Prize & what is the Research Question?
Can you find another negative prefix starting with “i” other than in-, il-, im-, ir-, & i(g)-?
What do you mean? Can you explain more?
“In-” is a negative prefix in English meaning ‘not’ as in “inconclusive”. There are 4 other negative prefixes which have two letters & start with the letter i. These four (il-, im-, ir-, & ig-) are considered variants of in-. They mean the same as in- but applied based on the next letter for easier pronunciation; usually il- before l (e.g. illogical), im- before b, m, or p (e.g. imbalance, immoral, impractical), ir- before r (e.g. irregular), and ig- before a few words (e.g. ignoble). Now the prize research is, Can you find a fifth variant of “in-” other than il-, im-, ir-, & i(g)-?
Where should I look? What are the references?
This research question is not limited to any particular references. Any standard dictionary, lexicon, or wordbook can be a reference. As long as you can prove that another 2-letter negative prefix starting with ‘i’ exists somewhere reliable, it will do. Do not limit yourselves to Learner’s dictionaries; any reference counts.
What is expected to be accomplished and submitted?
The contestants are required to find one other negative prefix like in-, il-, im-, ir-, & ig- along with a word to which it is added. The prize of $20 will go to one of the participants that before all submit at least one prefix as described above. The prefix is to be typed with some example(s).
Where should I send my findings?
To enter the contest, the participants are to submit their findings to email@example.com. The first person who succeeds in sending the correct finding (as instructed above) will win the prize of $20.