- Word Combinations (noun)
|part of speech:
||a change in the pitch or tone of a voice; modulation.
Often, inflection alone indicates that a person is asking a question.The strange inflection that accompanied her words made me wonder if something was wrong.
||the act of turning or bending, or a turn or bend thus produced.
||in grammar, the alteration in the form of words that allows the communication of information such as the gender, number, or case of a noun; the tense of a verb; or the degree of an adjective or adverb.
Many languages indicate that an action has occurred in past time through the inflection of verbs."Shake," "shakes," "shook," and "shaken" are forms of the same word but differ due to inflection.
||the affix used to make such an alteration.
The suffix "-er" is an inflection used with adjectives to indicate comparative degree.
||a form of a word other than the most basic form.
"Happier" is an inflection of the word "happy."