What are different forms of the same word called? I know this but I’m blanking today. EX: melancholy vs melancholic?

or sad vs sadness. mad, madness. boy, boyish.

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  • 6 months ago

    Derivatives,. Also the original words are called root words.

  • Roger
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Noun and adjective. However, in English nouns can often be used as adjectives, and "melancholy" is one of those. "Sadness," a noun, however, is not like that; it is only a noun. "Sad" is also only an adjective. In general in formal English it is preferable to use the appropriate form and not to make a noun serve as an adjective if an adjectival version exists.

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    variants of a root word?

  • 6 months ago

    nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives ... but idk a single identifying word. ["conjugation" is for identifying the subject(s) ... I, you, we, they, etc - especially in non-English languages]

    Source(s): sorry ...
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