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Modification and Degree Quantification
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Adjectives can be modified by adverbial elements which quantify the degree to which the adjective is applicable. In addition to adverbs as such, such adverbial elements may also manifest in the form of functional items introducing phrases and clauses. An example of a high degree intensifier adverb is uitersextremely below:

Example 1

'n uiters gevaarlike persoon
an extremely dangerous person

A functional element introducing an infinitive argument is tetoo, as in this example:

Example 2

Hulle is te lui om te werk.
they are too lazy PTCL.INF to work
They are too lazy to work.
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Adjectives can be modified by adverbial elements which have a quantificational effect on the degree of the adjective. In the example below, the intensifier baievery brings about a high degree interpretation:

Example 3

Hy is baie versigtig.
He is very cautious.

In addition, adjectives can be modified by functional elements. Such elements entail their own construction type, and occasionally license extra arguments in the form of phrases and clauses. One such element is the functional word soso which specifies the nature of the high degree. In the example below, soso is responsible for the licensing and interpretation of the constituent following the adjective:

Example 4

so dom dat hy daaroor lag
so stupid that he about.it laughs
so stupid as to laugh about it

A second such element is the functional word tetoo, which is used for a high degree that is excessive in some sense. In the example below, tetoo at the start of the phrase is responsible for the licensing and interpretation of the infinitival clause:

Example 5

too cautious to be caught out
te versigtig om betrap te word
too cautious PTCL.INF caught.out to be

In the example below, te is responsible for the licensing and interpretation of the NP myme:

Example 6

Vir my is hy te versigtig.
for me he is too cautious
I think he is too cautious.

A third such element is genoegenough, which is used for sufficient degree quantification, as shown in the example below:

Example 7

Hy is versigtig genoeg.
He is cautious enough.

A fourth element in the context of quantification is that of comparability, where a particular adjective may apply, for example, in equal measure to two referents, in combination with adverbs such as eweequally and net sojust as, as in the following examples:

Example 8

Hulle is ewe fluks.
They are equally diligent.
Example 9

Ons is net so verlig.
We are just as relieved.

Some minor constructions of high degree are discussed in in the last paragraph of this section. An example is given below, where exclamative hoehow is responsible for a high degree interpretation:

Example 10

Hoe versigtig is hy nie!
how cautious is he not
He is so cautious!
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