méi

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See also: mei, Mei, mèi, Méi, měi, me'i, and Méï

Luxembourgish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /mei̯/, [mɜɪ̯] (basic form)
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    • Rhymes: -ɜɪ
  • IPA(key): /mi/ (reduced form, chiefly of the adverb)

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old High German , from Proto-Germanic *maiz, adverbial form of *maizô. Cognate with German mehr, Dutch meer, West Frisian mear, English more.

The use for the formation of the comparative is probably not in itself due to French influence, regarding that the Germanic superlative has remained entirely functional. It is, however, possible that the development was reinforced by French.

Adverb[edit]

méi

  1. comparative degree of vill
    Ech hu méi geschafft ewéi du.
    I’ve worked more than you.
  2. Used to form the comparative forms of most adjectives.
    Hien ass méi staark ewéi ech.
    He is stronger than me.
Usage notes[edit]
  • Apart from méi itself, the only comparatives remaining in general use are manner (less) and besser (better). The form gréisser (greater, bigger) is used alongside méi grouss.
  • Some other adjectives also retain comparative forms. However, these are rarely, if ever, used in actual comparative function, but rather to express a vague degree:
eeler Leitelderly people, fairly old people
viru längerer Zäitsome time ago, a fairly long time ago
mat klengere Blessurenwith minor injuries, with fairly small injuries
  • Some comparatives are also used in other lexicalised senses:
de fréiere Presidentthe former president
Hie kënnt spéider.He’ll arrive later / at some future time.
Hie leeft weider.He walks on / walks further / continues to walk.

Adjective[edit]

méi

  1. comparative degree of vill
    Ech hu méi Frënn ewéi du.
    I have more friends than you.

Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

méi

  1. second-person singular imperative of méien

Mandarin[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • mei (nonstandard)

Pronunciation[edit]

Romanization[edit]

méi (mei2, Zhuyin ㄇㄟˊ)

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