Comparative and superlative degree of adverbs in Russian language

Many adverbs in Russian language have comparative forms. Few adverbs also have superlative forms:

Russian adverb

Comparative can have alternative forms:

сильнее - сильней - посильней - посильнее

The prefix -по slightly changes the meaning of the comparative adverb by decreasing the 'strength' of the adverb. So, 'двигайся быстрее ' means 'move faster', whereas 'двигайся побыстрее' means 'move a little bit faster'. In other cases these forms are considered as more polite or informal.

Adverb formation in Russian language

The adverbs in Russian language can be formed from adjectives, verbs and nouns by several ways.

About 33% of adverbs in dictionary are made by adding -o suffix to the adjective stem:

красиво (from красивый), быстро (from быстрый)

Another common way to form an adverb is to use prefix 'по-':

по-крестьянски, по-кошачьи

About 11% of adverbs are formed this way. It is possible to get the list of these adverbs using glob pattern search in grammatical dictionary. Type in the pattern with asterisk:

Adverb search mask

Then press 'Search' button:

Searching for adverbs

SQL dictionary allows to use common SQL queries to get the statistics. For example, this query to MySQL database:

SELECT sum(IF( LIKE 'ПО-%',1,0))/count(*)
 FROM  sg_class C1, sg_entry ADV

yields 0.11, that is 11%.

Finally about %2 of adverbs in grammatical dictionary are formed from verbs:

обжигающе from participle обжигающие, verb обжигать

These adverbs must be distincted from adverbial participles:

обжигая from verb обжигать

Adverb identification in C style API

Part of speech ID for adverbs are as follows. ADVERB_ru stands for adverbs in Russian language. ADV_en stands for English adverbs.

These constants can be use in a variaty of API calls, for example in sol_FindEntry.

Adverbs in ORM library

There is RuAdvEntry helper class in ORM library. It simpifies the creation of new adverbs in SQL dictionary.

All word entries are mapped to WordEntry class objects by ORM. The following C# sample displays the adverbs with suffix 'ще':

SqlConnection cnx = new SqlConnection(
                                      "Data Source=localhost;"+
                                      "Initial Catalog=solarix;"+
                                      "Integrated Security=True;"+
Solarix.MSSQL_DataAccessLayer dal = new Solarix.MSSQL_DataAccessLayer(cnx);

var adverbs = dict.entries.All().Where( z => ("ще") &&
foreach( Solarix.WordEntry e in adverbs )
  Console.WriteLine( "{0} {1}",, );

This code applies lambda-function as word entry filter. Word entry enumerator is returned by All() method in Dictionary class. This soluton is less effective than following SQL query:

 FROM  sg_class C, sg_entry E

Additional information


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