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Prefixes: de or dis?

These prefixes can be confused when de comes before a root word beginning with s . The more common prefix is dis .

He tried not to despair at the team's poor result.
To descend is to go down.
She could describe the missing boy to the police.
He was trying to destroy the wasp nest.
The bomb was very destructive.
When I came home, I had to disable the burglar alarm.
As long as you try your best you won't disappoint me.
The police managed to disarm the gunman.
The referee will disqualify anyone who breaks the rules.
Please disconnect the lead to the printer.
I decided to disobey the rules.
She stared in disbelief at the damage to her car.
I bought this TV at a discount.
Your bad comments will discourage me from trying again.
I would like to discover details about my ancestors.
The children behaved in a disgraceful manner.
Children should not be disrespectful to their parents.
There was great disorder at the street protest.

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