COMPARATIVE AND SUPERLATIVE DEGREES OF ADJECTIVES
In the Kalabari language, the comparative degree of adjectives is indicated by the phrase ( mai krama + the superlative) while the superlative degree is indicated by ( the root word + tein).
NB: The root word is in blue
1. good better best
ibi mai krama ibitein ibitein
2. tall taller tallest
gele mai krama geletein geletein
3. big bigger biggest
duba mai krama dubatein dubatein
4. far further furthest
ala mai krama alatein alatein
Homework: Now do the same for
cold = oboku
new = iwo
clean = fiafia
NOTE: Please note that when only two things or persons are compared, the superlative takes over the comparative. For example:
"Which of the two boys is taller"? =
Ma owiapu awome ma ogboku tubo geletein.
"Which of the three boys is taller"? =
Tra owiapu awome ma ogboku tubo mai krama geletein
"Which of the three boys is tallest"? =
Tra owiapu awome ma ogboku tubo geletein.