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What is an affix? (Grammar)

 

Definition
 

An affix is a bound morpheme which adds lexical or syntactic information to a root or stem.

Kinds
 

Some languages have zero affixes, whereby meaning is conveyed by the absence of an affix.

Compare and contrast: Affix and root or stem
 

Here is a table that compares and contrasts affixes and roots or stems:

 

Affixes

Roots or Stems

Usually have grammatical meaning (but derivational affixes may have lexical meaning).

Usually have lexical meaning.

Are usually members of closed syntactic classes.

Are usually members of open syntactic classes.

Are always bound.

May be bound or free.


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