Can we say "Oranges are mostly small"?
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I'm pretty sure "Oranges are mostly small" would translate to "오렌지는 보통 작아," where "보통" means "usually." The sentence given, on the other hand, implies that out of a selected group of oranges (오렌지"들"), most of them are small. Source: grew up speaking Korean but forgot a lot of stuff, that's why I'm here
(1) 대부분 (adverb): Mostly = most of the time = usually
대부분 + Adjectival verb = 보통 + Adjectival verb
오렌지들 대부분 작아 = 오렌지들 보통 작아 = oranges are mostly (usually) small
(2) 대부분의 (determiner): Most
대부분의 + Noun = Most + Noun
대부분의 오렌지들 작아 = Most oranges are small
(3) 의 대부분 (noun) = the majority of = most of
Noun의 + 대부분 = Most of the + noun / Most of + Proper noun
오렌지들의 대부분 작아 - Most of the oranges are small.
서울의 대부분은 하루 종일 건조합니다 = Most of Seoul will be dry all day.
(4) IMO: in this example, since case markers are omitted
오렌지들 대부분 작아 can be interpreted as either:
Most of the oranges are small
Those oranges are mostly small
대부분 (noun) - [대, large 부분, part] = the majority
• 대부분 (used as a pronoun) = Most, almost all.
오렌지들은 달콤하지만 대부분은 작습니다 The oranges are sweet but most are small.
• 대부분 + Noun (used as a determiner) = most/most of
대부분(의) 오렌지들은 작습니다 = Most (/of the) oranges are small
• 대부분 + Adj/Verb (used as an adverb) = mostly, by and large.
오렌지들은 대부분 작습니다 = The oranges are mostly small.