affix

An affix is any group of letters added to a word. There are three kinds of affixes:

  1. a prefix is letters added to the front of a word;
  2. an infix is something added to the middle of a word;
  3. a suffix is something added to the end of a word.

Affixation is, thus, the linguistic process speakers use to form new words by adding sounds (affixes) at

  • the beginning (prefixation),
  • the middle (infixation) or
  • the end (suffixation) of words.
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