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An adjective is a word that modifies the meaning of a noun. Typical adjectives denote the qualities, properties, or attributes of the referents of their nouns.
In Elefen, adjectives do not change to indicate number or gender.
Most adjectives follow the noun they modify. However, bon (“good”) and mal (“bad”) normally precede the noun, unless they are themselves modified:
In most cases, it’s possible to add more than one adjective after the noun without causing confusion. But in some cases, one of the adjectives may also be understood as an adverb modifying the meaning of the following adjective. E can be placed between adjectives to avoid the confusion:
In some cases, an adjective is placed before the noun: for style in poetry or stories, or when two adjectives of similar weight are involved:
The most suitable adjectives for use before the noun are the simplest and shortest ones, such as bela, fea, nova, vea, grande, and peti.
Comparative adjectives are formed by adding the adverbs plu (“more”) and min (“less”). “Than” is ca:
Superlative adjectives are formed by adding the adverbs la plu (“most”) and la min (“least”):
Ordinal numbers can be combined with the superlative construction:
Equality comparisons use the combination tan… como… (“so… as…”):
Any adjective can be reused unchanged as a noun, whose meaning is a person or a thing that has that adjective’s quality. The resulting noun obeys the normal rules for nouns – it takes -s when plural, requires a determiner, and can be modified by adjectives of its own: