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Question about German

From:Douglas Koller, Latin & French <latinfrench@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 16, 2001, 14:45
Question, native speakers or others:

Say you take a word like 'du"ster', 'dark, gloomy', and make it
comparative, 'du"sterer', 'gloomier'. Then plunk it in front or a
masculine noun following the indefinite article: 'ein du"stererer
Tag'. That's three 'er's in a row. Do the natives avoid such forms as
clunky in style. Does it not faze the natives? I ask because
Ge'arthnuns has a similar "problem". There are possible forms like
'so"bo"bo"b' and "si'li'li'l" in the third person possessive
adjective paradigm. Originally, I said you would drop one of these
syllables, but I'm beginning to waffle. It still grates on me
stylistically, but maybe I leave them in the paradigm as
grammatically possible but frowned upon and replaced in these
instances by a genitive like 'so"bo"s' or "si'li's". Anyhow, I was
wondering if such forms as 'du"stererer' urked German speakers as
much as 'so"bo"bo"b' urks me.



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