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    is "cran" a bound morpheme or free morpheme?
    cranberry.

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    Re: linguistics

    Hi taghavi,

    There are two very clear definitions which I have found recently in the authoritative Answer.com.

    Free morphemes like town, dog can appear with other lexemes (as in town hall or dog house) or they can stand alone, i.e. "free".
    Bound morphemes (or affixes) like "un-" appear only together with other morphemes to form a lexeme. Bound morphemes in general tend to be prefixes and suffixes. Unproductive, non-affix morphemes that exist only in bound form are known as "cranberry" morphemes, from the "cran" in that very word.

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    Re: linguistics

    Hello Varna,
    Thanks for your explanation.

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