Comparative and Superlative Adverbs for beginners

Adverbs are used to modify adjectives adverbs and verbs, but what if we want to make a comparison between things by using these adverbs? Read more.

"Comparative and Superlative Adverbs" in the English Grammar

Comparative and Superlative Adverbs

The comparative form of an adverb shows an increase in size, quality, degree, etc when it is considered in relation to something else. A superlative adverb expresses the highest degree of a particular quality.

How to make Comparative and Superlative Adverbs

Group #1

Comparative and superlative forms of adverbs that do not end in '-ly' are formed like adjectives; '-er' to form the comparative and '-est' to form the comparative.

comparative superlative
Fast faster fastest
Soon sooner soonest
Hard harder hardest
Late later latest

Kids grow up faster these days.

I'll see you later.

Group #2

For adverbs that end in '-ly', you must use 'more' to make the comparative form and 'most' to make the superlative form.

comparative superlative
Slowly more slowly most slowly
Quietly more quietly most quietly
Carefully more carefully most carefully
Quickly more quickly most quickly

he finished the test more quickly than anybody else.

You need to think more carefully about your future.


Do not use “more” and “er” together. For example:

He drives more faster than his friend.

Group #3

Some adverbs have irregular comparative and superlative forms.

comparative superlative
Badly worse worst
Well better best

I can speak Russian better than you can.

Help has been sent to countries that have been worst affected by the war.

Using 'Than' for Comparison

We often use 'than' with comparative adverbs.

Jennifer walks faster than Tina.

I drive more carefully than you.


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