Adjective/Adverb Comparison ONE

 

 

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ADJECTIVE and ADVERB COMPARISON

 

 

There are THREE degress of comparison when using adjectives or adverbs:

 

                      1.  POSTIVE COMPARISON

 

                                 2.  COMPARATIVE COMPARISON

 

                                             3.  SUPERLATIVE COMPARISON

 

 

POSTIVE COMPARISONNo comparison is happening.

 

 

COMPARATIVE COMPARSIONTwo things, people, or actions are being compared.  You are essentially comparing ONE thing to another ONE thing.  If you use comparative comparison, you will either add an ER to the word or you will use the word MORE before the adjective.

 

 

SUPERLATIVE COMPARISONYou are comparing ONE thing to MANY things.  For example, you are comparing ONE car to MANY Cars.

 

REGULAR COMPARASON

 

                 POSITIVE                       COMPARATIVE                       SUPERLATIVE

                  adj/adv                          adj/adv + er                         adj/adv + est

                                                          or use MORE                         or use MOST

                                    weak                                                   weak(er)                                                 weak(est)

                            nice                                                      nice (r)                                                     nice (st)

                            friendly                                               more friendly                                        most friendly

                            beautiful                                            more beautiful                                      most beautiful

 

 

 

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When do I add ER/EST or use MORE/MOST?

 

Checkmark High Res Stock Images | ShutterstockIf the adjective/adverb is one syllable, use ER/EST:  FIERCE is one syllable;

therefore add ER/EST--FIERCER or FIERCEST.

 

Checkmark High Res Stock Images | ShutterstockIf the adjective/adverb is two or more syllables long, use the words MORE/MOST in front of that adjective or adverb:  BEAUSTIFUL is three syllables long;

therefore add MORE/MOST--MORE BEAUTIFUL or MOST BEAUTIFUL

 

 

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IRREGULAR COMPARASON

 

In this state of comparson, the adjective's/adverb's spelling is changed.

 

                                                Positive             Comparative           Superlative

 

                                               good/well              better                        best

 

                                                little                       less                           least

 

                                                Bad                        worse                        worst

 

If a word ends in LY, even if it is only one syllable, USE MORE/MOST.  For instance, UGLY become

MORE UGLY and MOST UGLY

 

Always strive to compare like things to like things.  For instance you wouldn't want to compare people to cars, an animal to a cookie, or a book to a river.

 

 

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