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Inflection
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The inflection is normally -s, but -e can also be found in the definite partitive adjective construction.

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The adjective in the definite partitive adjective may either be marked with an -s or with and -e, in case the nominal quantifier is al itall the or al dit / datall this / that:

Example 1

a. Al it smaaklik-s / moai-s / droevich-s
all the tasty.PA beautiful.PA sad.PA
All the tasty / beautiful / sad stuff
b. Al it smaaklik-e / moai-e / droevig-e
all the tasty.PA beautiful.PA sad.PA
All the tasty/ beautiful / sad stuff

In the case of alleall, only the -s is possible:

Example 2

a. Alle smaaklik-s dat op tafel stie
all tasty.PA that on table stood
All the tasty stuff that was on the table
b. *Alle smaaklik-e dat op tafel stie
all tasty.PA that on table stood
All the tasty stuff that was on the table

The PA-suffix in -e is homophonous, or even identical, to the -e suffix that is used to derive impersonal nominalisations from adjectives:

Example 3

a. Smaaklik it smaaklik-e
tasty the tasty-NOM
Tastiness in general, the tasty aspect
b. Moai it moai-e
beautiful the beautiful-NOM
Beauty, the beautiful aspect
c. Droevich it droevig-e
sad the sad-NOM
Sadness in general, the sad aspect

Both suffixes can be seen as nominalisation suffixes, -e being used with the definite article and the demonstrative, and -s being restricted to the partitive adjective construction.

The -s suffix is not always in variation with the -e suffix but subject to semantic restrictions:

Example 4

a. (Al) it moai-s dat ik dêr seach
all the beautiful.PA that I there saw
(All) the beautiful stuff I saw there
b. (Al) it moai-e dat ik dêr seach
all the beautiful.PA that I there saw
(All) the beautiful stuff I saw there
c. Dat is het moai-e fan 'e saak
that is the beautiful.PA of the case
That is the beautiful thing about the case
d. *Dat is het moai-s fan 'e saak
that is the beautiful.PA of the case
That is the beautiful thing about the case
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