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Deskanz Whe - 6

The true possessive adjective

In lesson 4 you learn't how to express my, his, her, etc. As a pseudo possessive adjective by simply adding ve, e hei , etc. The true possessive adjective is just as common and in places must be used in preference. It supplies a separate word for each person and each word except fro the 1st & 2nd persons plural cause certain modifications in the spelling of a following word (the thing or person possessed). As follows:

Kernooack Sousnack  
a3, ma3 my All are numbered 3 and cause the same aspirate mutation of C & K as shown in the numerals section under 3
ago3, go3, o3 their
e3 her, its
e2 his, its Softens letters as shown in lesson 2
agon, gon our These do not cause any chabges
agoz, goz, oz your

Any variation shown may be used. The shorter forms being preferred generally, but those beginning with a vowel must be used following a consonant. NB o is obscure throughout.

Note 1:

en (the) becomes et before all vowel forms. So:

et a in my (but en ma, id)
et a in his, her, its
et agon in our
et agoz / oz in your
et ago / o in their

Note 2:

en also translates (in the). This is sometimes found as et an in literature after 1700, but in part 1 we will keep to the first version.


Copyright Teer ha Tavaz 2003, Based on the book Practical Modern Cornish by Richard Gendall (ISBN 0-9537710-5-9)