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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
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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.
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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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