Bigger and Better Bits
A number of adjectives have corresponding comparatives and superlatives. In many cases the comparative is formed by doubling the final consonant (some are also hardened) and adding a. The superlative is formed by putting an the before the comparative. In pronunciation, a long vowel in the adjective is shortened in the comparative and superlative, e.g.:
an brassa the biggest
O chei ew broas. My house is big.
Dha chei ew brassa. Your house is bigger.
Chei an Vyternes ew an brassa. The Queen’s house is the biggest.
an behatna the smallest
Edhen ew bian. A bird is small.
Prev del ew behatna. A caterpillar is smaller.
Lowan ew an behatna. A louse is the smallest.
an cottha the oldest
an yonca the youngest
teg beautiful, lovely
tekka more beautiful, lovelier
an tekka the most beautiful, the loveliest
hir long, tall
hirra longer, taller
an hirra the longest, the tallest
an gwella the best
Da ew genam gwin gwydn. I like white wine.(White wine is good with me.)
Gwell ew genam gwin rüdh, I prefer red wine, (Red wine is better with me)
bes bolla te ew an gwella genam. but I like a cup of tea best.
(but a cup of tea is best with me.)
an gwettha the worst
e’n gwella pres fortunately
e’n gwettha pres unfortunately
lak useless, poor
an lakka the worst
Ma lies gwreg lakka ’vel seg. There are many wives more useless than draff.
There are also other forms of comparison:
moy ... es more ... than
mar ...avel as ... as
maga ... avel as ... as
gweth avel hedna worse than that