One syllable words
- small – smaller
- kill – killer
- big – bigger
- heavy – heavier
- busy – busier
- clumsy – clumsier
- more beautiful - most beautiful
- more reluctant – most reluctant
- He ran faster than his dad.
- He ran the fastest of the three.
- She held the baby more securely.
- How are verbs used most effectively in a sentence?
- okoro (small)
- agayo (big)
- it poinkoro-koro / poingkoro-koro – smaller
- it tokoro kopio, tokoro tomod, it totos tokoro, it poingkoro kopio - smallest
- it poingayo-gayo – bigger
- it tagayo kopio / tomod,or it totos tagayo
Note that there are an inflection and a reduplication in the comparative mode – (prefix poin / poing and reduplication of koro) however, no inflection or reduplication in the superlative mode. Kopio, tomod and totos are the superlative adjectives functioning similar to “most” in the English language.
- osiau (fast)
- ogirot (secure)
- Manangkus isio poinsiau-siau ko tapa dau.(He ran faster than his dad)
- Manangkus isio poinsiau kopio / tomod ko mantad ilo tolu. (He ran the fastest of the three)
- Poingirot-girot pongingigit disio ilo tanak. (She held the child more securely.)
- Poingirot tomod pongingigit disio ilo tanak. (She held the child most securely.)
Dusun adverbs as in its adjectives make use of the superlatives such as kopio, tomod or totos used similar to mostin the English Language.Note: The adjective pointalibcan also be used to denote comparative in both adjectives and adverbs.Root:-talib (pass through) as in talib oku po. (May I pass through?)
- Pointalib-talib o kokoroon dau ko yoku. (adjective) – He is smaller than me.
- Pointalib-talib pananangkus dau ko isio. (adverb) – He ran faster than me.
- Pointalib oh pomusarahan disio. (He is over thinking – signifying a very proud person or snobbish)
- Pointalib oh pananangkus dau. (He is making up his style of running to get attention)
End of lesson………Ba kanou moi poginum tumpung. Umbayaan tokou momolositik it kakang di Kong, wonsoion tokou pusas.
Adjective and Adverb Inflections
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