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. Answer The plural noun cities may be divided into two morphemes: cit(y) – free morpheme (also known as the root word) -ies – bound morpheme (also identified as a suffix) This type of morphological process is inflectional because there … Read more

Is it correct to insert other words between modal verbs and the verbs that come after them?

Usually, Whenever I insert other words (for example, adverbs) between modal verbs and the verbs coming after them, Microsoft Word asks for revising in the order of words. Is that insertion incorrect grammatically or style-wise? Example: It is not clear if that may, as an independent factor, affect the value. I know that writers are … Read more

Split infinitives—did Old English have them?

I’ve read a few articles as well as questions on this site about splitting infinitives. In the Wikipedia article, it claims: In Old English, infinitives were single words ending in -n or -an (compare modern Dutch and German -n, -en). Gerunds were formed using “to” followed by a verbal noun in the dative case, which … Read more