Clitic vs. Affix

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Main Difference

The main difference between Clitic and Affix is that the Clitic is a morpheme with syntactic characteristics of a word but with phonological dependence on another word; e.g. ⟨-’m⟩ in ⟨I’m⟩ or ⟨-’ve⟩ in ⟨I’ve⟩; the possessive ⟨-’s⟩, the article ⟨a(n)⟩, and the infinitive marker ⟨to⟩ are and Affix is a morpheme that is attached to a word stem to form a new word.

  • Clitic (noun)

    A morpheme that functions like a word, but never appears as an independent word, instead being always attached to a following or preceding word (or, in some cases, within a surrounding word).

  • Affix (noun)

    That which is affixed; an appendage.


  • Affix (noun)

    A bound morpheme added to the word’s stem's end.


  • Affix (noun)

    A bound morpheme added to a word’s stem; a prefix, suffix{{,}} etc.



  • Affix (noun)

    The complex number a+bi associated with the point in the Gauss plane with coordinates (a,b).

  • Affix (noun)

    Any small feature, as a figure, a flower, or the like, added for ornament to a vessel or other utensil, to an architectural feature.

  • Affix (verb)

    To attach.

    "join|put together|unite|Thesaurus:join"

    "to affix a stigma to a person"

    "to affix ridicule or blame to somebody"

  • Affix (verb)

    To subjoin, annex, or add at the close or end; to append to.

    "to affix a syllable to a word"

    "to affix a seal to an instrument"

    "to affix one's name to a writing"

  • Affix (verb)

    To fix or fasten figuratively; with on or upon.

    "eyes affixed upon the ground"

  • Clitic (noun)

    an unstressed word that normally occurs only in combination with another word, for example 'm in I'm.

  • Affix (verb)

    stick, attach, or fasten (something) to something else

    "panels to which he affixes copies of fine old prints"

  • Affix (verb)

    be able to be fixed

    "the strings affix to the back of the bridge"

  • Affix (noun)

    an addition to the base form or stem of a word in order to modify its meaning or create a new word.

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