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    Question What do these two sentences mean?Desparate for help.

    I came across two sentences when I read a book on linguistics which go as follow,
    "Genarally speaking,inflectional affixes are productive across an entire category,not just across a range of members of that category.In contrast,there is a wide range of productivity in derivational morphemes,depending on how many lexical items we are genarally familiar with ,and how they have been used to produce,and whether or not and how freely they can be used to produce new forms."
    What does the writer mean by saying " be productive across an entire category,not just across a range of members of that category"?Can any one help me understand these two sentences.Any help will be much appreciated.

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    Re: What do these two sentences mean?Desparate for help.

    Here are a couple of statements about English which may illustrate the meaning.

    The English inflectional suffix -s for the third person form of the present simple of verbs is used for all lexical verbs.

    However, the derivational prefix un- is used only with some adjectives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Here are a couple of statements about English which may illustrate the meaning.

    The English inflectional suffix -s for the third person form of the present simple of verbs is used for all lexical verbs.

    However, the derivational prefix un- is used only with some adjectives.
    Thank you very much indeed,fivejedjion.You are so helpful and supportative as ever.

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