Re: adjectives and adverbs
|Date:||Monday, June 6, 2005, 10:17|
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Julia \"Schnecki\" Simon"
- as an ad-adjective: _hirveän iso_ "terribly big", not inflecting
(even when the adjective it modifies is inflected, as in _hirveän
isossa salissa_ "in a terribly big hall")
I have a question, please. I know nothing about Finnish, but why is
it necessary to have a special name (ad-adjective) for this
category? The word in the example seems to me to be nothing more
than an adjective with an adverbial ending in exactly the same way
as "terribly." Can -än be added to any adjective to form an ad-
In reading this thread I am reminded of a dialectal use of the
adjective as an adverb, not unlike German. "That's a right smart
move you made." "This is a terrible bad storm."
I delight in American regionalisms. I was in Wal-mart the other day
and I overheard one woman say to another, "Are you goin' to the
pharmacy? That's where I'm a-goin'." I wonder if there's any rule
for when this "a-" can be used.