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What is the difference between a word and a morpheme ?
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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.
Posted by litteacher8 on April 13, 2013 at 7:28 PM (Answer #1)
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