Morphemes and Phonemes

Some gentle/men dine/d at an economic/al restaurant. They found the service to be un/accept/able and wish/ed to ex/press thei/r un/happi/ness to the manage/ment. The manag/er was un/avail/able, so they brought the left/over/s home to their dog who resid/ed in a dog/house in the back/yard.

Some - a single morpheme, free

gentle/men – two free morphemes – “gentle” and “men”

dine/d - a free morpheme “dine” and a inflectional morpheme “-ed”

at – a free functional morpheme

an - a free functional morpheme

economic/al - a free morpheme “economic” and a bound morpheme “-al”

restaurant - a free morpheme

they - a functional morpheme

found – a free morpheme

the - a free functional morpheme

service - a free morpheme

to - a free functional morpheme

be - a free functional morpheme

un/accept/able – “accept” free morpheme, “un-” prefix, a bound morpheme, “able” – suffix, a bound morpheme  

and - a free functional morpheme

wish/-ed – free morpheme “wish” and an inflectional morpheme “-ed”

express - a free morpheme

un/happi/ness- three morphemes. A free morpheme “happy”, “un-” is a prefix, a bound morpheme, “able” – is a suffix, a bound morpheme  

manage/ment – free morpheme “manage” and “-ment” – suffix, a bound morpheme  

manag/er – free morpheme “manage” and “-er” derivational, bound morpheme

was - a free morpheme

un/avail/able - “avail” - free morpheme, “un-” prefix, a bound morpheme, “able” – suffix, a bound morpheme  

so - a free functional morpheme

brought - a free morpheme

left/over/s – two free morphemes “left” and “over” and a inflectional morpheme “-s”

home - a free morpheme

dog - a free morpheme

who - a free morpheme

resid/ed - a free morpheme “reside” and a inflectional morpheme “-ed”

in - a free functional morpheme

a - a free functional morpheme

dog/house - two free morphemes “dog” and “house”

back/yard- two free morphemes “back” and “yard”


There was an old woman who swallowed a fly. I don't know why she swallowed a fly. Perhaps she'll die.

There – “Th” /ð/, “ere” /%u0259/                   

Was – /w/, /%u0259/ and /z/                         

An – %u1D02, /n/

Old – /o/, /%u028A/, /l/,/d/

Woman – /w/, /%u028A/, /m/, /%u1D02/, /n/

Who – “wh” - /h/ and “o” - /u:/

Swallowed –  /s/,/w/, “a”/%u0254:/ /l/, “ow”- /%u0259%u028A/, “ed” - /d/

A - /%u0259/

Fly – /f/,/l/, “y” - /a%u026A/

I - /a%u026A/

Don’t – /d/, “o”-/%u0259%u028A/, /n/, /t/

Know – “kn” - /n/ and “ow”- /%u0259%u028A/

Why – “wh” - /hw/ and “y” - /a%u026A/

She – “she”- /%u0283/ and “e”/i:/

Perhaps – /p/, “er”- /%u0259/, “r”,“h”-/h/, “a”- /%u0251%u02D0/, /p/, /s/

she'll – “sh”- /%u0283/, “e”- /i%u02D0/, /l/

Die – d, /a%u026A/

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