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What is the difference between a word and a morpheme ?

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quast | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 13, 2013 at 6:49 PM via web

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What is the difference between a word and a morpheme ?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 13, 2013 at 7:28 PM (Answer #1)

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A morpheme is a unit of language, but not necessarily a word.

A morpheme might be a word, or might be part of a word.  It is "a small unit of language that contains meaning."  A morpheme that is not a word would be an affix.  An affix is a prefix or a suffix.  A prefix appears at the beginning of a root word, and an affix appears at the end of a word.

An example of a morpheme is –ed.  This is a suffix.  If you put it on the root word talk, for example, it will become talked.  It changes the meaning of the word.  Yet –ed is not a wordby itself. 

Consider the morpheme house.  It can be part of a word, like doghouse.  It can also be a small word by itself.


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samiyeh2013 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 8, 2013 at 12:31 PM (Answer #3)

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a morpheme is a part of word which can't be diveded to more meaningful parts

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