By Gavin Betts, Alan Henry
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In terms of encouragement). 17. half comparability of adjectives and adverbs Adjectives (and adverbs) have 3 levels: confident undesirable, unwell, remarkable; comparative worse, sicker, extra outstanding; superlative worst, sickest, so much very good. to offer the 3 levels of an adjective is to match it. a few adjectives in English are in comparison usually (sick, wonderful), a few irregularly (bad). a similar applies in Greek. by way of a ways the larger variety of adjectives is in comparison by means of the addition of suffixes, and of those Greek has units: (a) Comparative in -τερος, superlative in -τατος during this kind either the comparative in -τερος (f. -τερᾱ, n. -τερον) and the superlative in -τατος (f. -τατη, n. -τατον) are first and moment declension adjectives (3. 1/3). All frequently in comparison adjectives belong right here. the best way -τερος and -τατος are connected to the stem of an adjective is dependent upon the category of its optimistic shape: (i) First and moment declension adjectives (3. third) upload -οτερος, -οτατος if the final syllable in their stem is lengthy, yet -ωτερος, -ωτατος if this is often brief (the stem is got via subtracting -ος from the nom. m. s. , e. g. σοός, stem σο-). A syllable is lengthy if it includes both a protracted vowel, or a diphthong, or a quick vowel via consonants (the moment now not being λ, μ, ν, or ρ); a syllable is brief if it incorporates a brief vowel by means of a unmarried consonant (for additional information see Appendix 9). Examples are: a few 1st and second declension adjectives belong to classification (b) less than. a couple of others belong to category (a) yet are abnormal, e. g. ίλος expensive, compar. ιλαίτερος, supl. ιλαίτατος or ίλτατος. (ii) 3rd declension adjectives (10. 1/4) with a stem in ον upload -εστερος, -εστατος, e. g. ἄρων (stem ἀρον-) silly, ἀρονέστερος extra silly, ἀρονέστατος such a lot silly. people with a stem in ες upload -τερος, -τατος, e. g. ἀληθής (stem ἀληθεσ-) precise, ἀληθέστερος, ἀληθέστατος. (iii) First and 3rd declension adjectives (10. third) in -εις stick to χαρίεις, fascinating, χαριέστερος, χαριέστατος. a few in -υς keep on with γλυκύς, candy, γλυκύτερος, γλυκύτατος yet so much are abnormal (see below). (b) Comparative in -(ῑ)ων, superlative in -ιστος This staff, that's a lot smaller, comprises abnormal adjectives from all sessions. The stem of the confident shape is usually replaced for the opposite levels of comparability. the subsequent are the most typical examples: adjectives (ἀγαθός and κακός) are in comparison in additional than a method; κρείττων, κράτιστος (from ἀγαθός) may also suggest improved, most powerful (cf. κράτος power). Comparatives during this classification are declined as 3rd declension adjectives in ον (10. 1/4a), yet with a few extremely important replacement kinds (we can forget about the vocative, that is rare), e. g. the choices are shriveled models of kinds with out ν (μείζω < μείζοα). The acc. pl. μείζους (< μείζοας) has an abnormal contraction (ο + α ordinarily produces ω, as within the singular). you will need to word that the types in -ους might be nom. pl. in addition to acc. pl. πλείων higher, (pl. ) extra has a stem πλει- sooner than ω/ου yet πλει- or πλε- sooner than ο (but continually πλέον): Adverbs shaped from adjectives (e.