amount of morphemes in the word inexpensive?
morpheme: the smallest meaningful unit.
how many morphemes are in the word inexpensive
- Spican ツ !Lv 410 years agoBest 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-" (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)
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
- TanyaLv 510 years ago
4? depends on how you deal with the roots in "expense".
(expense) 1 or 2
(ive) makes noun into adj.