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Adjective inflexions and their function 87 âBut as for the big ships which had sailed previously and which they thought were âThe Serpentâ, the former was âThe Craneâ and the latter âThe Short Serpentââ (7) ï¬Ã¡ minntisk hann ï¬ess er mÃ¦rin sÃº hin mikillÃ¡ta hafâºi mÃ¦lt til hans âThen he remembered that which the proud girl had said to himâ (8) ï¬eir snÃºa ï¬egar at hinni miklu hÆllinni âThey turn immediately to the big hallâ (9) Konungr hÃ©t ï¬ar fyrir ÃlÃ¡fi hinum mestum afarkostum âKing promised there for to-ÃlÃ¡fr the greatest hard-treatmentsâ âThe king promised ÃlÃ¡fr in return the harshest treatmentâ 3.3.6 Examples of adjective usage As was done for nouns and pronouns, examples are now given of adjectives in function. With the wide range of adjectival functions and inflexions that exists, only a selection can be illustrated, with the emphasis on the most common types. As far as is practicable, the examples are ordered as follows: (a) strong adjectives; (b) weak adjectives; (c) substantivised adjectives (strong and weak); (d) superlatives (strong and weak); (e) comparatives â though some sentences contain examples of more than one type. In other respects, the exemplification follows the same pattern as for nouns (see the preamble on p. 31). Note that the adjectival inflexions being illustrated (or the whole word where there is no difference from the root form) are printed in bold type. To underline the grammatical relations involved, bold is also used for the noun or pronoun with which the adjective agrees. Compare the inflexions used below with those set out and discussed in 3.3.4. Observe, too, the differences between Old Norse and English phraseology and sentence formation. Definitions of basic concepts that have already been given are not repeated; if in doubt the student should consult the individual commentaries that accompany each of the examples of noun function in 3.1.5.