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German term or phrase:Grundstufe
English translation:positive (degree)
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03:45 Oct 28, 2007
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Science - Linguistics / Grammar
German term or phrase: Grundstufe
Aus einem alten Grammatikbuch:
"Wenn ein adjektivisches Bestimmungswort zum Komparativ gesteigert wird, faellt die in der GRUNDSTUFE uebliche Zusammenschreibung weg."
I first thought of "Infinitive" but that is wrong.
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positive (degree)
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Thank you, Chetan, thats exactly it.
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Summary of answers provided
4 +2positive (degree)casper
3elementary form

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1 hr   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5

I must admit I don't know this one exactly but perhaps you could translate "in der Grundstufe" as "in essence/in principal", or "essentially/necessarily/"etc
Let's see what others have to say.

Note added at 3 hrs (2007-10-28 07:10:24 GMT)

Another suggestion: "form"

My part-translation:
"....., its usual single-word (lit:written-together) *form* is no longer used."

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neutral  Marcelo Silveyra: Doesn't sound like grammatical terminology...
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4 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +2
positive (degree)


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Thank you, Chetan, thats exactly it.

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agree  Henry Schroeder: Sort of the core of the adjective:
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  -> Thank you, Henry

agree  Edward L. Crosby III: Or the positive form (positive, comparative and superlative forms: big, bigger, biggest)
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  -> Thank you for confirming, Edward
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elementary form

"Every sentence must have two parts, one denoting the thing spoken of, and the other some fact or circumstance respecting it. The former part is the SUBJECT, the latter the PREDICATE.
These two parts may be expressed in their barest and most elementary form by two words, noun or pronoun and verb, but both subject and predicate may be enlarged, as

Elementary form, Birds sing. Enlarged form Wild birds sing freely. Here are two Attributes, that of the Subject, an Adjective; the Attribute, or modifying word of the predicate, is an adverb."


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Oct 28, 2007 - Changes made by Steffen Walter:
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