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Adjectives distinguish, as we have seen, between neuter and common gender only in the singular indefinite. Some quantifiers make the same distinction, whereas others do not.

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Adjectives distinguish, as we have seen, between neuter and common gender only in the singular indefinite: the zero-ending is used when the construction is singular indefinite neuter, otherwise the schwa ending is used. The definite article and the proximate and distal demonstratives distinguish between neuter and common gender in the singular:

Table 1
Article Proximate Distal
Common dethe dizzethis dythat
Neuter itit ditthis datthat
Adjectives following definite articles and demonstratives do not distinguish between neuter and common gender (weak agreement).

Common: de grutte feintthe big guy

Neuter: it grutte hûsthe big house

The indefinite article itself does not distinguish between neuter and common gender, nor does the negative article bear such a distinction, but a following adjective does.

Common: in grutte feinta big guy

Neuter: in grut hûsa big house

The upshot is that agreement is either marked on the article (or demonstrative) or on the adjective. If there are more adjectives, agreement targets all of them:

Common: in grutte tûke feinta big smart guy

Neuter: in grut read hûsa big red house

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