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    Default may therefore be defined as its composition

    A morphological form may be simple (consisting of a stem only, as in the case of play) or complex (consisting of more than one morpheme, like playful). The morphological form of a word may therefore be defined as its composition in terms of morphemes, ie stems and affixes.
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    What does 'its' refer to?

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    Default Re: may therefore be defined as its composition

    The word

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    Default Re: may therefore be defined as its composition

    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    A morphological form may be simple (consisting of a stem only, as in the case of play) or complex (consisting of more than one morpheme, like playful). The morphological form of a word may therefore be defined as its composition in terms of morphemes, ie stems and affixes.
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    What does 'its' refer to?

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    The word. I'm not sure what else it could refer to... 'Form' is the only other candidate, but a form can't be composed.

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    Default Re: may therefore be defined as its composition

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    The word. I'm not sure what else it could refer to... 'Form' is the only other candidate, but a form can't be composed.

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    A morphological form may be simple (consisting of a stem only [...]).
    I can't quite explain it, but it is supposedly this part that got me confused as to the actual meaning of the following sentence.

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    Default Re: may therefore be defined as its composition

    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    I can't quite explain it, but it is supposedly this part that got me confused as to the actual meaning of the following sentence.
    I see. My 'can't' didn't fit in with the rest of your context. Sorry.

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