Suppletion is the replacement of one stem with another, resulting in an allomorph of a morpheme which has no phonological similarity to the other allomorphs.
The following table illustrates stem suppletion:
Regular, nonsuppletive stem
Addition of past tense suffix
Addition of comparative or superlative suffix
The following table illustrates affix suppletion:
Regular, nonsuppletive affix
Addition of plural suffix
cherub—cherubim ox —oxen
Here are some kinds of suppletion:
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