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What's the different between word and vocabulary in morphology term? I want to know in morphology course what is the different between word and vocabulary ?

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Morphology is literally the study of shape.  It analyzes individual words and the morphemes from which they are constructed.  A morpheme is the smallest unit of meaning within a word, such as morph - means shape, and ology - means the study of.

Vocabulary refers to a distinct collection of words that have a purpose for their grouping, perhaps words that share a particular morpheme.  For example, morphological and morphology might appear in the same vocabulary grouping.  Alternatively, the words may be grouped by a common theme, such as words that take 'es' in the plural form.

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