Comparison of Adjectives



Comparison of Adjectives :



The Degrees of Comparison are three in number. The adjectives can be written in three degrees to compare the quality or state of the nouns.

(1) The Positive Degree
(2) The Comparative Degree
(3) The Superlative Degree

The Positive …. The Comparative …. The Superlative

Beautiful …. More beautiful……most beautiful

The Positive Degree denotes the simple quality such as - a beautiful picture. When you speak or write about only one person or thing, you can use the positive degree.

1. He is a tall student.
2. They are active participants.

In the above sentences, the adjectives TALL and ACTIVE are in positive degree.

The Comparative Degree denotes a higher degree of the quality such as - a more beautiful picture. This is used when two things of the same class are compared. Comparatives are followed by the word THAN. When you compare one person or thing with other person or thing, you can use the comparative degree.

1. He is taller than other students.
2. They are more active than other participants.

In the above sentences, the adjectives TALLER and MORE ACTIVE are in comparative degree. Such comparative adjectives are followed by the word THAN.

The Superlative Degree denotes the highest degree of the quality such as - the most beautiful picture. This is used when one thing is compared with all other things of the same class. When you compare more than one person or thing, you can use the superlative degree.

1. He is the tallest student.
2. They are the most active participant.

In the above sentences, the adjectives TALLEST and MOST ACTIVE are in superlative degree. Such comparative adjectives are preceded by the definite article THE.

Examples with the adjectives in three degrees :

1. They are poor people in their village. (Positive Degree)

2. There are poorer than their village-folk. (Comparative Degree)

3. They are the poorest people in their village. (Superlative Degree)


1. Mt father is an educated man. (Positive Degree)

2. My father is more educated than his brothers. (Comparative Degree)

3. My father is the most educated man in our family. (Superlative Degree)


1. This is a costly computer. (Positive Degree)

2. This is costlier than other computers. (Comparative Degree)

3. This is the costliest computer. (Superlative Degree)


1. The buildings in his school are old. (Positive Degree)

2. The buildings in his school are older than the buildings in my school. (Comparative Degree)

3. The buildings in his school are the oldest. (Superlative Degree)

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  3. Attribute Position of Adjective
  4. Predicative Position of Adjective
  5. Kinds of Adjectives
  6. Proper Adjectives
  7. Descriptive Adjectives
  8. Quantitative Adjectives ( Adjectives of Quantity )
  9. Qualitative Adjectives ( Adjectives of Quality )
  10. Numeral Adjectives ( Adjectives of Number )
  11. Definite Numeral Adjectives
  12. Indefinite Numeral Adjectives
  13. Demonstrative Adjectives ( Demonstrative Adjective )
  14. Definite Demonstrative Adjectives
  15. Definite Demonstratives
  16. Indefinite Demonstrative Adjectives
  17. Indefinite Demonstratives
  18. Distributive Adjectives
  19. Interrogative Adjectives
  20. Exclamatory Adjectives
  21. Possessive Adjectives
  22. Possessive Determiners
  23. First Person Possessive Adjectives
  24. Second Person Possessive Adjectives
  25. Third Person Possessive Adjectives
  26. Emphasizing Adjectives
  27. Coordinate Adjectives
  28. Paired Adjectives
  29. Cumulative Adjectives
  30. Non-Coordinate Adjectives
  31. Two Uses of Adjectives
  32. Attributive Use of Adjectives
  33. Predicative Use of Adjectives
  34. The Degrees of Comparison
  35. Latin Comparatives of Adjectives
  36. Irregular Comparisons of Adjectives
  37. Formation of Comparatives and Superlatives
  38. Formation of Comparative and Superlative
  39. Uses of Quantitative Adjectives
  40. Uses of Numeral Adjectives
  41. Definite Numeral Quantities
  42. Uses of Demonstrative Adjectives
  43. Uses of Distributive Phrases
  44. Uses of Distributive Adjectives
  45. Example Sentences with suitable Adjectives
  46. Uses of Degrees of Comparison of Adjectives
  47. Uses of Positive Degree of Comparison of Adjectives
  48. Uses of Comparative Degree of Comparison of Adjectives
  49. Uses of Superlative Degree of Comparison of Adjectives
  50. Use of The Comparative Degree
  51. OTHER after Positives and Comparatives
  52. Preferables in English Grammar
  53. Double Comparatives
  54. Double Superlatives
  55. Comparatives which have lost their force
  56. Latin Comparatives
  57. English Comparatives
  58. Adjectives used as Nouns
  59. Adjectives in Pairs
  60. Adjectives preceded by THE
  61. Position of Adjectives
  62. Adjectives Used Attributively
  63. Adjectives Used Predicatively
  64. The Adjective Clause


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