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Modification of NP
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Certain adverbs can be used to modify NPs. In most cases, the function of the adverb is to emphasise as aspect of the the argument of which the NP forms part, as in the case of veralespecially below:

Example 1

Veral Piet sal hom moet regruk.
especially Piet will himself must pull.straight
Especially Piet will have to get a grip on himself.
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Adverbs which modify NPs can occur prenominally or postnominally, and normally emphasise a preferential, temporal or local aspect of the relevant nouns:

Example 2

Veral jy moet in jou pasoppens wees.
especially you must in your take.care be
You, especially, must be on the alert.
Example 3

Jy is presies die persoon wat ek wil ontmoet.
you are exactly the person whom I want.to meet
You are exactly the person I want to meet.
Example 4

Slegs hulle mag weet.
only they may know
Only they should know.
Example 5

Hy beweer juis die teenoorgestelde.
He claims exactly the opposite.
Example 6

Die partytjie gisteraand was 'n fees.
the party last.night was a feast
The parth last night was a feast..
Example 7

Die man daar lyk net soos iemand wat ek ken.
the man there looks just like somebody whom I know
The man over there looks just like someone I know.

The adverb presiesexactly can occur in several positions, when modifying a PP, though not following AP:

Example 8

presies op die regte plek
exactly on the right spot
Exactly on the right spot.
Example 9

op presies die regte plek
on exactly the right spot
Exactly on the right spot.
Example 10

?op die presies regte plek
on the exactly right spot
Exactly on the right spot.
Example 11

*op die regte presiese plek
on the right exactly spot
Exactly on the right spot.
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