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The partitive adjective construction

The partitive adjective construction consists of a nominal quantifier followed by a partitive adjective. The partitive adjective must be marked with an s-suffix, glossed as PA; adjectives in -s are characteristic of this construction. The construction as a whole can function as a nominal argument to verbs, adjectives and prepositions. The partitive adjective construction is found in two types, depending on the definiteness of the nominal quantifier:


Example 1

Wat smaaklik-s
something tasty.PA
Something tasty


Example 2

Al dat smaaklik-s
all that tasty.PA
All those tasty things

More details about the partitive adjective construction can be found by following the corresponding links:

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x Literature

More details can be found in Dyk (2003), Hoekstra (1986), Hoekstra (1991) and Hoekstra (1999).

  • Dyk, Siebren2003Partitive genityf
  • Hoekstra, Jarich1986En no oer wat oarsFriesch Dagblad22-11Taalsnipels 10
  • Hoekstra, Jarich1991Net folle bretsFriesch Dagblad02-11Taalsnipels 206
  • Hoekstra, Jarich1999It Frysk yn 'e deiboeken fan Lieuwe Jans de Jong (1825-1855)It Beaken61108-125
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