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In linguistics, a prefix is a type of affix that precedes the morphemes to which it can attach. In English, most prefixes are bound morphemes, meaning that they cannot occur as independent words (excluding citational uses, e.g., saying "Speaking of the prefix, 'un-',...").

Associative prefix

Associative prefixes shows an association. For examples in Old English and German, ge- has the parallel semantics as the Latin com-, such as indicating:

  1. collectivity[?]. For example, Gebirge, meaning "mountain range", is derived from Berg, meaning "mountain".
  2. Perfectivity[?], like past participles.

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