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The function of adverbs is to qualify verbs, adverbs or - as in this example - adjectives. Adverbs do not have any inflection. If original would be an adjective, describing the noun, only then this word had to be adapt to indicate number, case etc. That said, originales Eis would describe Eis as original which, obviously, is not what this sentence intend to ...
The words eh and eher share their origin mittelhochdeutsch ē(r), althochdeutsch ēr, ursprünglich komparativisches Adverb zu einem Positiv mit der Bedeutung »früh« (vgl. gotisch air = früh) Duden So, the word ēr, which does not exist anymore, means früh (early). This sense is still enclosed in the primary meaning of eher, namely at an earlier date. The ...
No: eher means a trend / tendency to eh means anyway
No. I would like to think that the "eh" here means "ohnehin". That is: "Ich habe eh nichts zu tun." <-> "Ich habe ohnehin nichts zu tun."
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