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Skip to 0 minutes and 4 seconds Now adjectives also have different forms in the forms of comparatives and superlatives. First, let’s see what we are discussing. “Moai, moaier, moaist.” “Goed, better, bêst.” “Lekker, lekkerder, lekkerst.” “Grut, grutter, grutst.” “Lyts, lytser, lytst.” Adjectives can be used to construct the regular form of the comparative and superlative. To construct a comparative from an adjective, -er is added. “Moai, moaier”.

Skip to 1 minute and 0 seconds Beautiful, more beautiful. “Grut, grutter”.

Skip to 1 minute and 6 seconds Big, bigger. When an adjective ends in -er, the ending -der is added. “Lekker, lekkerder”.

Skip to 1 minute and 20 seconds Delicious, more delicious. “Djoer, djoerder”.

Skip to 1 minute and 28 seconds Expensive, more expensive.

Skip to 1 minute and 32 seconds Now there’s also the superlative. To construct a superlative from an adjective, -st is added. “Moai, moaist”.

Skip to 1 minute and 44 seconds Most beautiful. “Grut, grutst”. Biggest. “Lekker, lekkerst”.

Skip to 1 minute and 54 seconds Most delicious. “Djoer, djoerst”.

Skip to 2 minutes and 0 seconds Most expensive. However, some Frisian comparative and superlative forms are irregular. Here are some examples. “Folle, mear, meast.” “Goed, better, bêst.” “Graach, leaver, leafst.” “Min, minder, minst.” In some cases, an -e is added to a comparative or superlative. The rules for adding the -e are the same as with adjectives.

Skip to 2 minutes and 45 seconds An example. “It idee”, “it bettere idee”, “in better idee”.

Skip to 2 minutes and 56 seconds “De baan”, “de moaiere baan”, “in moaiere baan”.

Skip to 3 minutes and 5 seconds Here are some examples from the dialogues. “Dat makket it lekkerder.” That makes it tastier. “Oare kear better.” Next time it’ll be better. “Miskien in bytsje mear sâlt?” Maybe a wee bit more salt? “Folle grutter.” Much bigger. “Dy sliepkeamer is wat lytser.” That bedroom is a bit smaller.

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Comparatives and superlatives

Adjectives are used to construct the regular form of the comparative and superlative.

Construction of the comparative

To construct a comparative from an adjective -er is added.

moai - moaier
grut - grutter

When an adjective ends in -r, the ending -der is added

lekker - lekkerder
djoer - djoerder

Construction of the superlative

To construct a superlative from an adjective -st is added.

moai - moaist
grut - grutst

lekker - lekkerst
djoer - djoerst

Irregular forms

Some Frisian comparative and superlative forms are irregular.

For example:

folle - mear - meast many - more - most
goed - better - bêst good - better - best
graach - leaver - leafst like to - like more - like best
min - minder - minst bad - worse - worst

In some cases an -e is added to a comparative or superlative. The rules for adding the -e are the same as with adjectives.

For example

It idee

it bettere idee in better idee

De baan

de moaiere baan in moaiere baan

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