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Process quantifiers
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Process quantifiers, such as alalready, nogstill, et., are used as modifiers to describe progression relating to a state indicated by an adjective. Two examples are given below:

Example 1

Die asbakkie was al vol.
the ash.tray was already full
The ash tray was full already.
Example 2

Die battery is nog nie vol nie.
the battery is not yet full PTCL.NEG
The battery is not yet full.
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The four process quantifiers, reflecting progression relating to a state indicated by an adjective, could be said to form a square of negation:

  • alalready
  • nogstill
  • nog nienot yet
  • nie meer ... nienot anymore

They may be used to modify adjectives having a process interpretation. In the examples below, the quantifier used in part depends on the direction of the process. In a situation reflecting the process of filling, alalready and nog nie ... nienot yet describe all possible states, whereas in an emptying situation, nogstill and nie meer ... nienot anymore describe all possible states:

Direction of the process: filling

Example 3

Die bottel is al vol. - Die bottel is nog nie vol nie.
the bottle is already full - the bottle is yet not full PTCL.NEG
The bottle is already full. - The bottle is not yet full.

Direction of the process: emptying

Example 4

Die bottel is nog vol. - Die bottel is nie meer vol nie.
the bottle is still full - the bottle is no more full PTCL.NEG
The bottle is still full. - The bottle is not full anymore.
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