Interchange of Degrees of Comparison

Interchange of Degrees of Comparison :

The following examples will show that it is possible to change the Degree of Comparison of an Adjective or Adverb in a sentence without changing its meaning.

Positive : He is as dull as an ass.
Comparative : An ass is not duller than he is.

Comparative : The aero plane flies faster than birds.
Positive : Birds do not fly as fast as the aero plane.

Comparative : The air of the hills is cooler than that of the plains.
Positive : The air of the plains is not so cool as that of the hills.

Superlative : Mumbai is the best seaport in India.
Comparative : Mumbai is better than any other seaport in India.
Positive : No other seaport in India is so good as Mumbai.

Superlative : Asoka was one of the greatest of Indian rulers.
Comparative : Asoka was greater than most other Indian rulers.
Positive : Very few Indian rulers were so great as Asoka.

Positive : Some grains are at least as nutritious as rice.
Comparative : Rice is not more nutritious than some other grains are.
Comparative : Some grains are not less nutritious than rice.
Superlative : Rice is not the most nutritious of all grains.

Positive : I have never seen so beautiful a pearl as this.
Comparative : This pearl is more beautiful than any other that I have ever seen.
Superlative : This is the most beautiful pear that I have ever seen.

Transform the following sentences in all possible ways according to the above models.

1. The younger brother is cleverer than the elder.
2. Riding is the best kind of exercise.
3. Gold is one of the heaviest of metals.
4. Some countries are at least as hot as India.
5. Very few countries are as hot as India.
6. Platinum is as heavy as gold.
7. A live ass is stronger than a dead lion.
8. A zebra is at least as swift-footed as an antelope.
9. She loves all her daughters equally well.
10. To take a sea voyage is one of the pleasantest ways of spending a holiday.

There are many more such sentences which can be transformed from one form of sentences to another form of sentence.


  1. A Sentence - 1
  2. A Sentence - 2
  3. A Sentence - 3
  4. The Structure of Sentences
  5. Kinds of Sentences
  6. A Clause and A Phrase
  7. The Noun Clause
  8. The Adjective Clause
  9. The Adverb Clause
  10. Adverb Clauses
  11. Adjective Clauses
  12. Noun Clauses
  13. Three Kinds of Clauses
  14. Sample Sentences with Clauses
  15. Simple Sentences ( Simple Sentence )
  16. Double Sentences
  17. Multiple Sentences
  18. Complex Sentences
  19. Attributive Adjuncts
  20. The Predicate
  21. Adverbial Adjuncts to Verb of Predicate
  22. Analysis of Sentences
  23. Contracted Sentences
  24. Analysis of Double Sentences
  25. Analysis of Multiple Sentences
  26. Rules for Analysing Double Sentences
  27. Rules for Analysing Multiple Sentences
  28. Analysis of Complex Sentences
  29. The Complex Sentences
  30. Analysis of Multiple Sentence
  31. The Transformation of Sentences
  32. Modes of Expressing A Condition in English Grammar
  33. Modes of Expressing A Concessional Clause
  34. Modes of Expressing A Contrasting Clause
  35. Interchange of Degrees of Comparison
  36. Synthesis of Sentences - 1
  37. Synthesis of Sentences - 2
  38. Synthesis of Sentences - 3
  39. The Principal Clause
  40. The Dependent Clause
  41. Verb in The Dependent Clause
  42. Direct Speech and Indirect Speech
  43. Kinds of Sentences
  44. Direct and Indirect Speech
  45. A Sentence without E
  46. Parsed Sentence

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