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RDaxini
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Is conversion a type of affixation?
By conversion, I mean when a word changes word class. eg "text" as a noun or a verb, without any suffixes/prefixes being added.
In my textbook it says affixation, defines it, then, "usually in the form of..." then suffixes, prefixes, which all makes sense because I know these are types of affixations, but then the table continues on to include conversion, compounding, back formation, and blend. Are these last ones after prefixes and suffixes all types of affixation too?
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Affixation is when you add a suffix or prefix to a word to create a new word. An example is `food`, where the suffix `ie` was added to make `foodie`.
Conversion isnt changing the spelling of the word, its changing how the word is USED. Like a noun is used as a verb instead. So for example, the term `Google` used to be a noun, like `Im going to search on Google`. Then through conversion, it changed to be used as a verb like `Lets Google it`.

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Affixation is when you add a suffix or prefix to a word to create a new word. An example is `food`, where the suffix `ie` was added to make `foodie`.
Conversion isnt changing the spelling of the word, its changing how the word is USED. Like a noun is used as a verb instead. So for example, the term `Google` used to be a noun, like `Im going to search on Google`. Then through conversion, it changed to be used as a verb like `Lets Google it`.

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(Original post by Mav455)
Affixation is when you add a suffix or prefix to a word to create a new word. An example is `food`, where the suffix `ie` was added to make `foodie`.
Conversion isnt changing the spelling of the word, its changing how the word is USED. Like a noun is used as a verb instead. So for example, the term `Google` used to be a noun, like `Im going to search on Google`. Then through conversion, it changed to be used as a verb like `Lets Google it`.

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Ah okay so affixation is just to do with prefixes and suffixes and conversion isn't a form of affixation. That's fine that answers my question, thanks!
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