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Adjectives change form according to the gender and number of the nouns they qualify, and to their logical function. Most Friulian adjectives have four endings, whether masculine or feminine, and singular or plural: l'om furlan; i oms furlans; la femine furlane; lis feminis furlanis.

Adjectives may also be modified by suffixes. Two of the most common are -on and -onon, meaning very, a lot; they are used in alternative to the form une vore + adjective.

biel (beautiful)

bielonon

bielon

une vore biel

(very beautiful)

Two other suffixes, -ut and -in, are used as diminutives, or to imply affection or sympathy. A third suffix, -at, is used as a pejorative.

These suffixes may be used with nouns as well as with adjectives.

  cjasone (a big house)
cjase (house) cjasute (either a poky house, or a small and pretty house)
  cjasate (an ugly house)

Comparatives are formed by preceding the adjectives by the adverbs plui (more) and mancul (less). plui alt (higher) mancul alt (less high).

The second term of the comparison is introduced by di/che no

al plui (mancul) alt di te / che no te
he's taller (less tall) than you

The form as ... as is expressed in a variety of ways:

al alt compagn di te / compagn che te / tant che te / come te / sicu te
he's as tall as you

Copyright friulian version by Sandri Carrozzo
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