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Partitive adjective construction
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The comparative can occur in the partitive adjective construction, as is evident from this example:

Example 1

Ek het nie vir iets groters kans gesien nie.
I have not for something larger.PVT.GEN chance seen PTCL.NEG
I did not feel up to anything larger.

The comparative also occurs in the partitive construction as a periphrastic structure, as follows:

Example 2

iets meer samehangends - 'n poëtiese tydsbeeld
something more coherent.PVT.GEN - a poetic time.picture
something more coherent - a poetic picture of the time
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As in the case of the comparative in general, the partitive construction, as part of the comparative, may be expressed in the form of either a morphological construction (namely by affixing -er) or a syntactic construction (namely by using either the majorative determiner meer or the minorative minder). Each of these possibilities is exemplified below:

Example 3

Hy is vir iets beter-s as skoolmeester in die wieg gelê.
he was for something better-PVT.GEN than school.teacher in the cradle laid
He was meant to be something better than a mere school teacher.
Example 4

het jy iets meer realisties om na te streef
have you something more realistic PTCL.INF after to strive
do you have something more realistic to strive after

Note that the suffix marking the partitive genitive becomes redundant when the adjective itself ends in -s. This applies to both the morphological comparative and the periphrastic determiners meer and minder, as in example (4) above. When the adjective ends in another letter, the default applies:

Example 5

het in iets minder aangenaams ontaard
has in something less pleasant.PVT.GEN degenerated
has not use it for anything less impressive.

It should further be noted that in the speech (and writings) of some, especially in informal contexts, the suffix -s as a marker of the partitive, falls away (see Comparative). While it seems to occur more frequently in the case of the periphrastic comparative, examples are to be found in the morphological comparative, too, as can be seen below:

Example 6

ter wille van iets meer winsgewend
for will of something more lucrative
for the sake of something more lucrative
Example 7

dat daar iets beter sal gebeur
that there something better will happen
that something better will happen
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