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In this sense, a is a word added to another word to make a new word.

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grammar is modifier

"a- 5" is a type of prefix


A prefix added to the start of a word. Indicates that "from" or "away from" modifies the word. Created to expand meanings. Can be used with many words to form new words.

Examples of how the word is used

a- illustration When hauliers wish to move loads which are classed as "abnormal" they must notify the highway and bridge authorities.
a- illustration Large reservoirs can avert water scarcity.