Comparative case

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The comparative case (abbreviated COMP) is a grammatical case used in the Mari language to mark a likeness to something. It is marked with the suffix -ла ('-la') For example, if something were to taste like fish (кол - 'kol'), the form used would be колла - 'kolla').

It is also used in regard to languages, when denoting the language a person is speaking, writing, or hearing. In this case, however, the accentuation varies slightly from the standard case - usually, the suffix is not stressed. When used with languages, however, it is stressed.

It is not to be confused with the comparative degree, a much more widely used paradigm used to signify heightening of adjectives and adverbs.


  • Зорина, З. Г., Г. С. Крылова, and Э. С. Якимова. Марийский язык для всех, ч. 1. Йошкар-Ола: Марийское книжное издательство, 1990;