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Modification
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Modification of certain comparative adjectives is possible, to the exclusion of their positive and superlative forms. These include examples such as veelmuch and verrewegby far. Compare the pairs below:

Example 1

Dit is veel moeilik·er om ouer diere te kastreer.
it is much difficult·CMPR PTCL.INF older animals to castrate
It is much more difficult to castrate older animals.
Example 2

*Dit is veel moeilik om ouer diere te kastreer.
it is much difficult PTCL.INF older animals to castrate
*It is much difficult to castrate older animals.
Example 3

Ons het verreweg die moeilik·ste program.
we have by.far the difficult·SUPL programme
We have the most difficult programme by far.
Example 4

*Dit moet verreweg moeilik wees.
this must by.far difficult be
*This must by.far be difficult.
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Comparative adjectives can be modified by certain modifiers which cannot be used when the adjective is used in the positive degree. Most of these modifiers can also be used with the inherent comparative anderselse, different. A first example is the modifier soveelso much, for which the applicability to the comparative, as well as the ungrammaticality with the positive is demonstrated here:

Example 5

Dit sal soveel maklik·er vir ons kinders wees.
it wil so.much easy·CMPR for our children be
I will be so much easier for our children..
Example 6

*Dit sal soveel maklik vir ons kinders wees.
*It wil be so much easy for our children.

It also applies to the modifiers veelmuch and heelwatconsiderably:

Example 7

dat julle in 'n veel vry·er samelewing grootword
that you in a much free·CMPR society big.become
that you grow up in a much freer society
Example 8

*dat julle in 'n veel vry samelewing grootword
*that you grow up in a much free society
Example 9

Die voorste gedeelte van die brein is heelwat klein·er.
the front part of the brain is considerably small·CMPR
The front part of the brain is considerably smaller.
Example 10

*Die voorste gedeelte van die brein is heelwat klein.
*The front part of the brain is considerably small.

The modifier nogeven, to be distinguished from its homonym nogstill, can also only be used with a comparative adjective in the first meaning (even). If it is used with the positive form, the meaning still is assumed. This becomes clear if the following examples are compared:

Example 11

Dit is nog moeiliker as diefstalle nie by die polisie aangemeld word nie.
it is even difficult.CMPR if thefts not at the police reported be.AUX.PASS.PRS PTCL.NEG
It is even more difficult if thefts are not reported to the police.
Example 12

Dit is nog moeilik vir ons..
It is still difficult for us.

All these modifiers can be used with the inherent comparative adjective andersdifferent, as can be seen below:

Example 13

Die situasie is veel anders.
the situation is much different
The situation is quite different.
Example 14

sou ons lewens heelwat anders gewees het
would our lives considerably different been have
our lives would have been considerably different
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