Last Updated : 28 Jan 2014

 

DEGREES OF ADJECTIVE

Definition :
Every adjective has three degrees of its own. They are : Positive, Comparative, Superlative degrees.

There are two types of Adjectives :

Regular Adjectives

Definition :
Regular adjectives make their comparative and superlative forms by adding ‘er’ and ‘est’.

e.g.

PositiveComparativeSuperlative
boldbolderboldest
brightbrighterbrightest
blackblackerblackest
greatgreatergreatest
oldolderoldest
proudprouderproudest
warmwarmerwarmest
meanmeanermeanest

Some adjectives are added with only ‘r’ to form comparative and ’st‘ to form superlative degree.

e.g.

PositiveComparativeSuperlative
ableablerablest
truetruertruest
simplesimplersimplest
nicenicernicest

Some adjectives are added with ‘consonant + er’ to form comparative and ‘consonant + est’ to form superlatie degree

e.g.

PositiveComparativeSuperlative
fatfatterfattest
red/td>redderreddest
sadsaddersaddest

Some adjectives add ‘er’ and ‘est’ to form comparative and superlative by replacing the last letter ‘y’ into ‘i

e.g.

PositiveComparativeSuperlative
drydrierdriest
busybusierbusiest
earlyearlierearliest
uglyuglierugliest

If an adjective has two or more than tow syllables we use more or most to form comparative and superlative degree

e.g.

PositiveComparativeSuperlative
activemore activemost active
beautifulmore beautifulmost beautiful
carefulmore carefulmost careful
propermore propermost proper
faithfulmore faithfulmost faithful

Irregular Adjectives

When there is a complete change in comparative and superlative degrees, they are called irregular adjectives.

e.g.

PositiveComparativeSuperlative
goodbetterbest
badworseworst
littlelessleast
oldolderoldest
farfartherfarthest

 

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