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What is an inflectional category?

 

Definition
 

An inflectional category is a class of affixes that share a common grammatical feature.

 
Also known as:

grammatical category

Examples
 
  • Case
  • Number
  • Gender
  • Tense
  • Aspect
Nonexamples
 

The term “inflectional category” needs to be distinguished from these closely related terms:

 
  • Words containing different affixes from the same inflectional category form an inflectional paradigm.
  • Stems with a particular pattern of inflection form an inflectional class.

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