A- Prefix

A- French prefix
Share / Tweet / Pin Me!

Le prĂ©fixe a– et sa variante

The French prefix a– is added to adjectives and nouns to create their antonyms; it’s sometimes called the "alpha privative" (a privatif). The most common English equivalents are a– and non-.

Par exemple…

françaisEnglish ajoutĂ© Ă added to
amoralamoral moralmoral
apesanteurweightlessness pesanteurweightiness
asymĂ©trie asymmetry  symĂ©trie symmetry
atoxiquenon-toxic toxiquetoxic

Variation: an-

While a- is the most common spelling, it can only be added to words that begin with a consonant. When the a privatif precedes a vowel or h, a- changes to an-

françaisEnglish ajoutĂ© Ă added to
anaĂ©robieanaerobic aĂ©robieaerobic
analphabèteilliterate  alphabèteliterate
anharmoniqueanharmonic harmoniqueharmonic

 Related lessons

 Share / Tweet / Pin Me!

French prefix a

Questions about French?

 Ask me in the comments section below or visit the Progress with Lawless French Q+A forum to get help from native French speakers and fellow learners.

More Lawless French

 Subscribe to my twice-weekly newsletter.

Support Lawless French

  This free website is created with love and a great deal of work.

If you love it, please consider making a one-time or monthly donation.

Your support is entirely optional but tremendously appreciated.