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How can I justify “extramild,” “extravirgin,” and other such constructions without being told that “I don’t see it spelled that way”? You can justify it by saying that the house style guide is the Chicago Manual of Style, and that it requires those constructions. But you shouldn't do that, because you're wrong. Extra is not always a prefix. Sometimes it's ...


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It really does not matter if there is a distinction between pr[a]e and ante. The tendency is as follows: The pre- prefix has entered English directly from Latin, and French and has been used to create words in English from Late Middle English onwards chiefly with the added meaning of "before [with respect to time] prenatal - before [the time of] the ...


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