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    What is a "Base Word" and what is a "Derived Word"?

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    A base word (also known as 'root') is one that can be inflectioned (normally through the addition of a suffix; for example:eat----eat+s=eats; eat+ing=eating)

    A derived word is one that is formed by adding a suffix that changes the grammatical category (in other words, whether it is a noun, verb, adjective, preposition,etc.) of the base word (e.g. admire(verb)+able(suffix) = admirable(adjective)

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    A base word (also known as 'root') is one that can be inflectioned (normally through the addition of a suffix; for example:eat----eat+s=eats; eat+ing=eating). Here there is no 'grammatical category' change.

    A derived word is one that is formed by adding a suffix that changes the grammatical category (in other words, whether it is a noun, verb, adjective, preposition,etc.) of the base word (e.g. admire(verb)+able(suffix) = admirable(adjective)

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