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Adjectives

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Jibbali adjectives can be used attributively or predicatively. In either case, a Jibbali adjective will always agree in gender and number with the noun it modifies. Nearly all adjectives decline for gender and number, though some adjectives are indeclinable. Of those that decline, all distinguish singular and plural, and all distinguish masculine and feminine in the singular. An adjective can also be used on its own, functioning as a noun. A substantivized adjective can refer to a person, a thing, or an abstract concept. There is no morphological comparative form in Jibbali. Instead, comparison is normally indicated by syntax only. The word xέrίn means 'a little (bit of)', 'a small amount of', or 'a few'. It can be used on its own or as a quantifier before another noun.

Keywords: Jibbali adjectives; morphological comparative form; quantifier; substantivized adjective

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