A separable affix is an affix that can be detached from its stem and located elsewhere in a construction.
The affix an- is a separable affix. It is attached to its stem in the verb ankommen ‘to arrive’; but it can be detached from the stem, as in the sentence Ich komme an ‘I arrive’.
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