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In today’s article I’m going to talk about comparative and superlative forms.
We use the comparative and superlative forms of adverbs and adjectives to compare people, things, states, and actions in writing.
Adjectives and adverbs have three forms: the positive, the comparative, and the superlative.
|Joyful||More joyful||Most joyful|
|Joyfully||More joyfully||Most joyfully|
The comparative form is used to compare one person, thing, action, or state to another:
Daisies are prettier than roses.
My sister is taller than me.
Our house is noisier than the library.
The superlative form is used to compare one thing to ALL the others in the same category:
This road is the quietest.
My bag is the heaviest.
My rose is the prettiest.
The comparative and superlative are formed differently depending on the word’s positive form:
Rules for forming comparatives
Following these guidelines should help stop abominations like more pretty or beautifuler from making their way into your writing!
And, as always, if in doubt, look up the preferred inflected forms in the dictionary, I find the Oxford English Dictionary Online to be a wonderful resource.