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There is a small set of adjectives that have irregular comparatives.


The following adjectives are irregular:

Example 1

a. goed -better
good - better
b. graach - leaver
gladly - preferably/rather
c. ier - earder
early - earlier
d. folle - mear
much/many - more
e. min/in bytsje - minder
bad/little - less

See also inflection on adjectives in Frisian Morphology for more information. These irregular forms may be subject to meaning specialisation. For example, the form minbad is not freely used in Modern Frisian. Instead, the synonym in bytsjea little is used:

Example 2

a. *It kostet min
it costs few
It costs a little
b. It kostet in bytsje
it costs a little
It costs a little

The form minbad is mainly used after tetoo:

Example 3

Dat is te min
that is too little
that is too little / that is not enough

In nineteenth-century and older Frisian, minbad could also occur after saso. Nowadays, this is still possible in the expression sa min mooglikas little as possible.

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More details can be found in Hoekstra (1990).

  • Hoekstra, Jarich1990Te min / te weinigFriesch Dagblad08-12Taalsnipels 167
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