Positive, Comparative, and Superlative Adjectives
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Overview of Positive, Comparative, and Superlative Adjectives:
Every adjective has three forms: the positive, the comparative, and the superlative. The positive is at the bottom of intensity, the comparative is at the middle point, and the superlative is at the highest degree.
The positive form is used to denote that the two compared persons or things have equal degrees of the quality. In this case, the word "as" is used before and after the adjective.
This poem is as lyrical as the other. (Both poems are equally lyrical.)
While this is used as negative, it means the two persons or things are not similar.
Math is not as easy as English.
The comparative form is used to denote one of the two people or things has a stronger or weaker degree of the quality.
Roses are more beautiful than any other flowers.
Traveling within one's country is less rewarding than traveling abroad.
The superlative form is used to denote that a person or thing has the highest degree of a quality within a group.
Ana is the most intelligent student in the class.
Which is the highest mountain in the world?
Click on the Circles to Spot the Seven Comparative or Superlative Adjectives
For one-syllable adjectives, we form comparatives by adding -er, and superlatives by adding -est.
tall - taller - tallest
For two-syllables adjectives, we form comparatives either by adding -es, or preceding the adjectives with "more". We form superlatives by adding -est, or preceding the adjectives with "most".
happy - happier - happiest
friendly - more friendly - most friendly
For three-or-more-syllable adjectives, we form comparatives by preceding the adjectives with "more" and superlatives by preceding the adjectives with "most".
beautiful - more beautiful - most beautiful
There are certain adjectives that have irregular forms of comparatives and superlatives.
good - better - best
bad - worse - worst
little - less - least