amount of morphemes in the word inexpensive?

morpheme: the smallest meaningful unit.

how many morphemes are in the word inexpensive

2 Answers

Relevance
  • 10 years ago
    Best Answer

    I'm not sure either whether it's three or four morphemes. I'm leaning towards three, although I'm not confident about it.

    in(expens(ive))

    "in-" (negates the following morphme)

    "expense" (can't really break this into ex + pense/pend in English meaningfully)

    "-ive" (creates an adjective with the preceding morpheme)

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expense

    According to that, "expense" came from the "expensus" in Latin. I think it entered English as one morpheme, so we should treat it as such.

    Source(s): morphology review
  • Tanya
    Lv 5
    10 years ago

    4? depends on how you deal with the roots in "expense".

    (in) not

    (expense) 1 or 2

    (ive) makes noun into adj.

Still have questions? Get your answers by asking now.