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Re: Question about a grammatical term

From:Jan van Steenbergen <ijzeren_jan@...>
Date:Tuesday, October 8, 2002, 5:48
 --- John Cowan wrote:

> > >Next is superlative of nigh! > > > > What's teh comparative? > > Historically it was "near": nigh, nigher > near, nighest > next. > In practice this conjugation has broken up, but not without leaving > some impact on the resulting words.
Dutch is much more regular in this respect: na, nader, naast. The positive and the comparative are not used often, but they exist. "Naast" is most commonly used as a preposition: "next to", "at the side of". I'm curious if this "na" is cognate with the preposition "na" (cf. German "nach", "nahe").
> "First" and "last" are similarly frozen superlatives.
Similarly: eer "before", eerder "earlier", eerst "first, earliest" laat "late", later "later", laatst "last, latest". Jan ===== "Originality is the art of concealing your source." - Franklin P. Jones __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Everything you'll ever need on one web page from News and Sport to Email and Music Charts