2

My intuition tells me that they are both 2 morphemes, where /t/ represents the superlative form.

  • 4
    There are two morphemes, but this is a suppleted form instead of an affix. Like good, better, best, the comparative and superlative of bad are also formed by suppletion: bad, worse, worst. So the morphemes in worst are {bad} + {-est}; similarly most is {much} + {-est}, but this is just root variation, not real suppletion. – John Lawler Oct 12 '18 at 18:02
  • 2
    Similar: Is “best” monomorphemic? – herisson Oct 12 '18 at 21:18
2

In a comment, John Lawler wrote:

There are two morphemes, but this is a suppleted form instead of an affix. Like good, better, best, the comparative and superlative of bad are also formed by suppletion: bad, worse, worst. So the morphemes in worst are {bad} + {-est}; similarly most is {much} + {-est}, but this is just root variation, not real suppletion.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.