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

  • meinonstandard

Pronunciation edit

Romanization edit

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