How do you split “cities” into morphemes?

Would it be “cit/ies” or “citie/s”? I’m just starting morphology and I got confused about it.


The plural noun cities may be divided into two morphemes:

cit(y)free morpheme (also known as the root word)
-iesbound morpheme (also identified as a suffix)

This type of morphological process is inflectional because there has been a grammatical change to the root word: pluralisation (or an increase in number).

Also note that city has an irregular plural form in writing (not speech) as, by convention, if the word ends in a consonant + y then ‘y’ changes to ‘ies’.

Not entirely relevant to your question but interesting nonetheless.

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