Comparative and Superlative Adjectives for intermediate learners

Comparative adjectives are used to compare one noun to another noun. Superlative adjectives are used to compare three or more nouns.

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"Comparative and Superlative Adjectives" in English Grammar

What Are Comparative and Superlative Adjectives?

Comparative adjectives are used to compare two people or things. One can be at a higher or superior level. Superlative adjectives are used to compare three or more things or people. In this case, one is always at the lowest or the highest level of a particular adjective.

Comparative Adjectives: Formation

Comparative adjectives can have three forms. In this lesson, we will discuss the first two, which are:

  1. Monosyllable adjectives
  2. Multi-syllable adjectives

Comparative Monosyllable Adjectives

These adjectives only have one syllable and can be made into comparative adjectives by adding '-er' to the end of the adjective. Here are a few examples:

She is taller than me.

Buy a faster car.

Comparative Multi-syllable Adjectives

For adjectives with more than one syllable, the comparative form is created by adding the word 'more' before the adjective. Here are the examples:

You sounded more interesting behind the phone.

You look even more beautiful in that wedding dress.

Superlative Adjectives: Formation

Superlative adjectives can be categorized into three types based on the way they are created. In this lesson, we will discuss the first two:

  1. Monosyllable adjectives
  2. Multi-syllable adjectives

Superlative Monosyllable Adjectives

If the adjective has only one syllable, the superlative form is created by adding '-est' to the end of the adjective. Here are some examples:

Keep the smallest piece.

He is the kindest person ever.

Superlative Multi-syllable Adjectives

If the adjective has more than one syllable it is considered multi-syllable and its superlative form is created by adding 'most' before it. Here are the examples:

The most important person in my life is my mom.

The most awful thing just happened.

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