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2.3.1 General overview

Adjectives can be used in different ways. Attributive (prenominal) adjectives are inflected, e.g. dät flug-ge Lound ‘the beautiful country’. Predicatively used adjectives are not, e.g. düt Lound is fluch ‘this country is beautiful’, or uus Mäme waas so bliede ‘our mother was so glad’. (The adjective bliede happens to end in a schwa.) Some adjectives are only used predicatively, e.g. allene ‘alone’.

Comparatives and superlatives are traditionally discussed in the context of inflection, although one may argue that the elements -er and -est are derivational suffixes.

The partitive construction is an example of contextual inflection. It only occurs in specific syntactical contexts, for instance: wät Flugg-es ‘something beautiful’.

Attributively used adjectival phrases modify the head noun of the noun phrase. The noun can be omitted in elliptic contexts, e.g. n groot Huus un n litjet ‘a large house and a small one’.

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