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    Affix types - Change the meaning of a word

    Hi guys, I'm currently working through some of my English work, and I came across this piece of reading.

    Currently working on affixes, and I had a query regarding them.

    With Derivational Suffixes, can I change 'Assign' which has in itself its own meaning, to 'assignment' which has an entirely different meaning? Is it really a derivation if it doesn't have the same meaning?


    Please let me know if I've been unclear.


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    Last edited by HanibalII; 11-Mar-2013 at 02:09.
    I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.

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    Re: Affix types - Change the meaning of a word

    Quote Originally Posted by HanibalII View Post
    Hi guys, I'm currently working through some of my English work, and I came across this piece of reading.

    Currently working on affixes, and I had a query regarding them.

    With Derivational Suffixes, can I change 'Assign' which has in itself it's own meaning, to 'assignment' which has an entirely different meaning? Is it really a derivation if it doesn't have the same meaning?


    Please let me know if I've been unclear.


    Cheers
    Yes you can. Derivational suffixes change both syntactic category (part of speech) and meaning, although the new meaning is related to the previous one. In this case, you have changed a verb to a noun, but the two meanings are obviously closely related.

    By the way, remember that the possessive "its" does not have an apostrophe.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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