Asked • 04/01/19

ない in つまらない and similar adjectives and their conjugation with すぎる?

The usual path for conjugation would be: 1. 高い → 高すぎる  (drop い, append すぎる) 2. ない → なさすぎる (drop い, append さ, append すぎる) Is ない in つまらない treated as the negative ない which conjugates as 2.? Or is つまらない a single piece that conjugates as 1. ? Does つまらない conjugate to つまらなすぎる or つまらなさすぎる? Are both acceptable? If so, is there a preference for one form or the other? Do the conclusions that apply for つまらない also apply to similar adjectives ending in ない such as: - 危ない (ない explicit as おくりがな) - 汚い (ない hidden inside the word)

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Sara H. answered • 04/03/19

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