Indianisms – ‘Prepone’
Indianisms are certain grammatical errors in English language that are very common in India. We will be covering some of these in the following issues of Tip of the Month. One of them is given below:-
The word prepone to mean “to move forward in time,” is a word coined by English speakers in India.
Example: The examination set for March 12 has been preponed to February 16.
‘Prepone’ is not an English word. It’s commonly used in Indian subcontinent to mean the opposite of ‘post-pone’, but the rest of the world is largely unaware of it.
Some existing antonyms for postpone are “bring forward, move up, advance.” Ex. The ten o’clock meeting has been moved forward to nine.
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