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Inflection of the partitive adjective
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Partitive inflection may be likened to the inflection which converts an adjective into a noun. Some adjectives ending in a vowel, though not all, are apparently less well able to carry partitive inflection.

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The adjective must be marked with an -s. Marking the adjective with an -e results in ungrammaticality under the intended interpretation, as does failure to use any inflection at all:

Example 1

a. *Wat moai-e / nijsgjirrig-e
something beautiful.PA interesting.PA
Something beautiful / interesting
b. *Wat moai / nijsgjirrich
something beautiful interesting
Something beautiful / interesting

The relevant inflection is not inflection in the sense that it is sensitive to some sort of agreement feature that determines whether the inflection is present or not. In this construction, the inflection is always present. In this respect, partitive inflection may be likened to the inflection which converts an adjective into a noun, that is, nominalizing inflection. Such inflection is always there in the relevant construction, where the relevant construction is provided by the definite neuter article:

Example 2

a. Moai it moai-e
beautiful the beautiful
Beautiful
1. Beauty 2. The nice aspect
b. Nijsgjirrich it nijsgjirrig-e
interesting the interesting
Interesting
1. Interesting in general 2. The interesting aspect

Some adjectives ending in a vowel, though not all, are apparently less well able to carry this suffix, or at least the suffixed forms are less frequent:

Example 3

a. ?Wat oranje-s
something orange.PA
Something orange
b. ?Wat prima-s
something excellent.PA
Something excellent
c. Wat extra-s
something additional.PA
Something additional
d. ?Fertrouwen is wat kontinu-s
trust is something continuous.PA
Trust is something continuous
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