quote:Originally posted by The Rabbit: I suppose if you define Europe to consist only of those countries that put adjectives after nouns then all Europeans do it. Unfortunately that isn't a convensional definition of Europe.
French uses both adjectives both before and after the noun so you could just as easily put it in either category. Let's just leave the out for simplicity
All the germanic language put the adjectives before the noun. That's ~190 million people (including England and Ireland). Russian puts the adjectives before the noun as does Polish so I will assume that is common in the other slavic languages.
Even if you add in Romanian and define French to be in the after noun group, that group simply does not make up the majority of Europeans or European languages.
Well, the discussion was about 'civilized', non-English Europe... ;-)
And sure, French can go either way. So can Spanish and Portuguese, in certain circumstances (and as an extension, presumably the other Romance languages, too). The example that comes to mind are variations on gran, bom/boa/buen, mucho/muito, poco/pouco, etc... The point wasn't that they didn't also use adjectives in front, but that they did use them after... I'd include French. Much as it irks me to include the French in anything ;-)
So, maybe not most. But a bunch, sure.
Anyway, the previous post came mostly out of boredom. Combativeness for combativenesses' sake. The internet and a rainy day in São Paulo (and aren't they all rainy?...) will do that to you.
Edit: And in the case of Slavic languages, it's probably dangerous to use an Eastern Slavic archetype (Russian) to generalize about Western and Southern Slavic languages.
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quote:Originally posted by lem: I love Guild Wars. It is a game you can jump into for 20 minutes, have a blast fighting, and walk away from. It is fun, intense, and not so addictive that it wastes time. It makes for intermittent short blasts of fun.
This is it COMPLETELY. Guild Wars was really welcome in my life after WoW, the Time Eater.
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I'll probably HAVE money by that time, I do not preorder things unless they offer something special, like SIns of the Solar Empire, offering a position in the semi open beta.
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