selten

GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old High German seltan. Cognate with English seldom.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈzɛltn̩/, /ˈzɛltən/
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AdjectiveEdit

selten (comparative seltener or seltner, superlative am seltensten)

  1. rare, infrequent
  2. unusual

Usage notesEdit

The contracted comparative seltner is per se rare, but is occasionally used in predicative position: ein noch seltneres Phänomen − "an ever rarer phenomenon". This is done to avoid the three consecutive reduced syllables in selteneres etc.

DeclensionEdit

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AdverbEdit

selten

  1. seldom, rarely
Last modified on 17 April 2014, at 21:19