Point 4. The word khO3j

English ภาษาไทย
  Eat first and then go ('then gradually go').   กินข้าวเสียก่อนแล้วจึงค่อยไป
  Take it easy! ('Do it gradually!')   ค่อยๆทำ


The word khO3j means 'gradually', but when it occurs in connection with other words, the whole phrase sometimes has a special definition in English, as in the second example above. Note that ma3j khO3j 'scarcely, hardly' is simply ma3j 'not' followed by khO3j 'gradually', but the negative expression has taken on a special meaning.