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Postadjectival adjectival phrases with genoegenough and circumadjectival sequences

Modifiers normally precede the adjective to which they apply. However, in certain constructions, modifiers follow, or surround, the relevant adjective. Such modifiers can be categorised as postadjectival and circumadjectival sequences, as discussed below:

1 The postadjectival modifier genoegenough

As is clear from the term, this modifier must occur after the adjective, as in this example:

Example 1

klere wat lank genoeg is
clothes which long enough arexaw
clothes which are long enough

2 Circumadjectival modifiers

(a) The construction so ... moontlikeas ... as possible

This phrase functions as a circumadjectival modifier, in which the adjective is embedded within the elements soas and moontlikepossible, as in the example below:

Example 2

so 'n groot moontlike orkes
such a big possible.ATTR orchestra
an orchestra as big as possible

In addition to this construction, equatives and comparatives (including superlatives) also form part of the category of circumadjectival modifiers.

(b) Equatives normally contain the sequence so ... soosas ... as, for example:

Example 3

dit is so goed soos nuut
it is as good as new

(c) Comparatives are characterised by the morphological or perphrastic comparative of the adjective, followed by asthan, as in these examples:

Example 4

skoolhou is interessanter as kantoorwerk
school.keeping is interesting.CMPR than office.work
teaching is more interesting than office work
Example 5

die mitologie is meer verstaanbaar as die werklikheid
the mythology is more understandable than the reality
mythology is more comprehensible than reality

    The postadjectival modifier genoegenough indicates sufficient degree (see ), and is used as follows:

    Example 6

    Die aanbod klink aanloklik genoeg.
    The offer sounds attractive enough.

    As in the case of simplex adjectives, this construction may also be used adverbially:

    Example 7

    Vreemd genoeg het hy vroeg opgedaag.
    strangely enough has he early arrived
    Strangely enough, he arrived early.
    Example 8

    Hy het dit, vreemd genoeg, maklik reggekry.
    he has it, strangely enough, easily managed
    Strangely enough, he managed it easily.

    The circumadjectival modifier so ... moontlikas ... as possible consists of two heads, in contrast with genoegenough, which is merely postadjectival. In both instances, the adjectival construction is used adverbially in most cases, although attributive (or predicative) use may occur, as in example (2):

    Example 9

    Kom so gou moontlik!
    come as soon possible
    Come as soon as possible!

    It stands to reason that synonymous sequences could be employed in this category:

    Example 10

    waar 'n kurator so spoedig doenlik aangestel moet word
    where a curator as speedily feasible appointed must be
    where a curator has to be appointed as speedily as practicable

    Adjectives used in equative and comparative (inclusive of superlative) constructions may also take the form of circumadjectival sequences as part of a prepositional phrase ( ). An example:

    Example 11

    in die sterks moontlike taal
    in the strongest possible language

    Although the construction cannot be used prenominally, it may be used as an adpositional phrase, as shown below:

    Example 12

    iemand so vriendelik soos Chris
    someone as friendly as Chris
    Example 13

    iemand vriendliker as hy
    someone friendlier than him
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