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Degrees of Comparison. 3 Degrees of Comparison. Positive, Comparative, Superlative Adjectives and adverbs can be changed to show degrees of comparison by: Adding – er or – est Adding more or most Using entirely different words (irregular). 1 or 2 syllable modifiers.

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3 degrees of comparison
3 Degrees of Comparison

  • Positive, Comparative, Superlative

  • Adjectives and adverbs can be changed to show degrees of comparison by:

    • Adding –eror –est

    • Adding more or most

    • Using entirely different words (irregular)


1 or 2 syllable modifiers
1 or 2 syllable modifiers

  • Comparative use –eror more

  • Superlative use –estor most


Adverbs that end in ly
Adverbs that end in –ly

  • Take more or most


3 syllable modifiers
3+ syllable modifiers

  • Use more and most


Less and least
Less and Least

  • Less and least are another form of comparison



Bad

  • Bad is an adjective.

    • Do not use it to modify an action verb.

  • Badly is an adverb.

  • Use it after an action verb, but not after a linking verb.

    Incorrect: Sam plays soccer bad.

    Correct: Sam plays soccer badly.


Which one is correct
Which one is correct?

  • Maya felt badly about moving.

  • Maya felt bad about moving.


Good and well
Good and Well

  • Good is and advective.

  • It cannot be used as an adverb after an action verb.

  • Well is usually an adverb.

  • Correct: Keisha did well on her math test.

  • Correct: Keisha should be well soon.


Making clear comparisons
Making Clear Comparisons

  • Use the comparative to compare 2 people, places, or things.

  • Use superlative for 3+ people, places, or things.

  • Comparative:

    • My sailboat is faster than Jerry’s.

    • Mom’s cooking is more delicious than Dad’s

    • This comedian is less funny than the first one.


  • Superlative:

    • My sailboat is the fastest on the bay.

    • Mom’s dinners are her most delicious meals.

    • The least funny comedian performed first.

      The superlative degree can be used for emphasis without comparing anything specific.

      Ex: Champ has the silkiest coat.


Double comparisons
Double Comparisons

  • It is incorrect to:

  • Use –erand more together.

  • Use –estand most together.

    Incorrect: It’s more harder to swim than to dive.

    Correct: It’s harder to dive than to swim.


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