Opposite of postpone

Reader 1 : What is the opposite of postpone?

Reader 2 : It is advance. Prepone was invented by Indians. Some pundits say advanced is also correct.

Reader 3 : No, it is prepone. No, my teacher says it is fine to use prepone nowadays.

Reader 2 :  There’s no word like prepone. advance is the correct word.

Reader 3 :  Reader 2 - Got a small doubt….if the word prepone does not exist how did it make its way into the Oxford Advanced Learner’s dictionary?

Reader 2 : I don’t have any idea about how it made its way into the oxford dictionary but actually there is no word like prepone. Prepone is actually a word invented by Indians. I would put it this way. Prepone is not an english word rather a hinglish word. I may be wrong when I say this but its correct to the best of my knowledge. May be someone else can explain it better.

MeraEnglish.com : There are many words that make it to the dictionary, simply because they are popular. For example, ‘facebooked’ ( as a verb – meaning – to use facebook) has made it to the dictionary on the sheer strength of the number of Facebook users. This doesn’t mean that, ‘facebooked’ ( as a verb) is correct in formal contexts. I agree with ‘Reader 2′ on the issue of whether ‘prepone’ is acceptable in formal writing. ‘Prepone’ is definitely Indian. Considering the rate at which India is growing, it is only natural that Indians play a huge role in popularizing a word. Entry to a dictionary, follows. Prepone’ was wrong; it is increasingly becoming acceptable. But, I wouldn’t bet on it’s longevity.

Reader 5: The beauty of English language is that it includes popular words from other languages thus increasing its vocabulary.Once a word is included in the dictionary,it means the word is accepted by the linguists.then why shouldn’t we use it?

Reader 6:  I like the way India is contributing to the addition of words to the dictionary… and surely Prepone is a natural, logical contribution. Lets celebrate Indianisms… and India’s impact on the English Language. After all… that is what the evolution of language is about. with 1/6 of the world’s population… we should have some say on the world’s premier language too..

MeraEnglish.com : To conclude, the formal antonym of postpone is advance. However, prepone is also increasingly becoming acceptable.

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