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Adjectives

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Descriptive adjectives usually follow the noun:

 

un homber famoso

a famous man

 

un kas grandi

a big house

 

Possessives and quantifiers appear before the noun:

 

mi kas

my house

 

hopi buki

many apples

 

Dual Position Adjectives

 

A few adjectives may appear either before or after the noun. Some of these adjectives have the same meaning regardless of whether they appear before or after the noun (for example, dushi = sweet, bunita = beautiful, bon = good). Others change their meanings depending on their position:

 

homber grandi

big man

 

grandi homber

great man

 

homber pober

poor (impoverished) man

 

pober homber

poor (pitiful) man

 

homber malu

sick man or bad man

 

mal homber

bad man (malu becomes mal when placed before the noun)

 

 

Comparison

 

The comparative is formed with mas. The normal superlative is formed with di mas.

 

mas fuerti

stronger

 

di mas fuerti

strongest

 

mas grandi

bigger

 

di mas grandi

biggest

 

Mi ta mas grandi ku bo.

I am bigger than you.

 

E apel aki ta mas dushi ku e apel ei.

This apple is sweeter than that apple.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

References:

 

Papaimentu Textbook by E.R. Goilo

Basic Papiamentu Grammar for English Speakers by Eleanor Blankenburg

 

 

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