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The equative complement can only be separated from the adjective in an attributive construction if the construction is indefinite. Otherwise, the Adjective Phrase (AP) as a whole must occur after the noun.

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The equative complement is part of the AP, as shown by the following sentence:

Example 1

[Like tûk as Wytze] is Rintsje net
as smart as Wytze is Rintsje net
Rintsje is not as smart as Wytze

The equative complement cannot directly precede the adjective in an attributive construction:

Example 2

*In as Doutsen like tûke faam
an as Doutsen as smart girl
A girl who is as smart as Doutsen

The equative complement cannot directly follow the adjective in an attributive construction, because the Head Final Filter requires adjectives to be adjacent to the Noun Phrase (NP) which they modify:

Example 3

*In like tûke as Doutsen faam
an as smart as Doutsen girl
A girl who is as smart as Doutsen

The only licit position for the equative complement is to follow the NP directly, in case the NP is indefinite:

Example 4

In like tûke faam as Doutsen
an as smart girl as Doutsen
A girl who is as smart as Doutsen

However, this is not allowed with definite NPs. Definite NPs require the whole AP to follow NP if an equative complement is present, as shown in the examples below:

Example 5

a. *De like tûke fammen as Doutsen
the as smart girls as Doutsen
The girls that are as smart as Doutsen
b. De fammen like tûk as Doutsen
the girls as smart as Doutsen
The girls that are as smart as Doutsen

Equative APs must occur on the right of definite NPs, which is possible with indefinite NPs as well:

Example 6

In faam like tûk as Doutsen
a girl as smart as Doutsen
A girl that is as smart as Doutsen
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