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 Adjectives?

Comparative adjectives are used to compare two people or things. One can be at a higher or superior level.

What Are Superlative Adjectives?

Superlative adjectives are used to compare one thing or person with other things or people. In this case, one is always at the lowest or at the highest level of a particular adjective.

How to Make Comparative Adjectives?

Comparative adjectives exist for three kinds of adjectives but in this lesson, we just learn the first two types:

  1. Monosyllable adjectives
  2. Multi-syllable adjectives

Comparative Monosyllable Adjectives

These adjectives are small adjectives that are only one syllable and to make them comparative adjectives you just have to add 'er' at the end of the adjective. Here are a few examples:

She is taller than me.

Buy a faster car.

Comparative Multi-syllable Adjectives

These adjectives get more before themselves to express a comparative adjective. Here are the examples:

You seemed more interesting behind the phone.

You look even more beautiful in that wedding dress.

Superlative Adjectives

Superlative adjectives are categorized into three groups based on the way they are created but in this lesson, we will learn the first two groups:

  1. Monosyllable adjectives
  2. Multi-syllable adjectives

Superlative Monosyllable Adjectives

If the adjective has only one syllable it gets '-est' to make a superlative. Here are the 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 then to make a superlative adjective out of it all you need to do is to add '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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