Regular Comparison of Adjectives and Adverbs
(or forms)óthe positive, the comparative, and the superlative.
One-syllable words form these degrees in a regular way.
➲ The positive degree (or form) is used when an adjective or adverb modifier is not
being compared. The young sister walked with her brother. (Young simply states the
➲ The comparative degree (or form) is used when two people, places, things, or ideas
are compared. Add -er to these words to form the comparative. The younger sister
walked with her father. (The sisterís age is being compared to the age of another
➲The superlative degree (or form) is used when more than two people, places,
things, or ideas are compared. Add -est to these words to form the superlative.
The youngest sister walked with her mother. (The sisterís age is compared to the ages of
at least two other sisters.)
|Positive Degree||Comparative Degree||Superlative Degree||tall||taller||tallest||fast||faster||fastest||large||larger||largest||small||smaller||smallest||light||lighter||lightest|
- This/that/it is the first/second/third/fourth/etc
This/that/it is the only . . .
This/that/it is the best/worst/finest/most interesting/etc
- This is the first time (that) I've heard her sing.
That's the third time you've asked me that question.
It's one of the most interesting books I've ever read.
- It was the third time he had been in love that year.
(NOT . . . ihe third time he was . . .)