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Learning adjectives, I knew there are two major groups of adjectives い and だ. I am wondering, which group has more adjectives?

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    I don't have source but the だ group is more productive because it can convert virtually all the nouns into an adjective. – user4092 Jul 5 '15 at 2:36
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    The い group has been handed down to us from the antiquity, while many of the だ group adjectives are formulated from nouns, as @user4092 remarked. I don't know which is the majority, as I have never counted. But I guess the だ group eventually outnumbers the い group. – eltonjohn Jul 5 '15 at 4:20
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na/-no adjectives in total seem to outnumber -i adjectives.

Values retrieved from WWWJDIC dictionary file:

i-Adjectives: 2895, 268 of which is listed as a "common word";
na-Adjectives: 6759, 1425 of which is listed as a "common word";
no-Adjectives: 10832, 2799 of which is listed as a "common word".

Probably because of how, like user4092 mentioned, the na-no group can virtually convert all nouns into "adjectives".

  • wow, you seriously don't need to hit jisho.org to get this data. You can get it for free from Jim Breen (csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/wwwjdicinf.html) – virmaior Jul 6 '15 at 7:59
  • nice, thanks for referring me to that. I'll parse through that again and update my numbers. – chesnutcase Jul 6 '15 at 8:21

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