Uses of Superlative Degree of Comparison of Adjectives



Uses of Superlative Degree of Comparison of Adjectives :



Positive Degree

When two persons or things are said to be equal in respect of some quality, we use the Positive Degree with AS...AS or we can use the Comparative Degree with NOT.

1. This boy is as clever as that.
2. This boy is no less clever than that.
3. That boy is not more clever than this.

Comparative Degree

When two persons or things are said to be unequal in respect of some quality, we use the Comparative Degree.

(a) This boy is more clever (or cleverer) than that.
(b) This boy is the cleverer of the two.

Forms (a) and (b) do not mean entirely the same thing. Form (a) merely denotes superiority. Form (b) denotes the selection of the one in preference to the other.

In (a) CLEVERER is used predicatively.
In (b) CLEVERER is used attributively or as an epithet - a noun being understood after and it is really to this noun that THE belongs.

This boy is the cleverer (boy) of the two.

Superlative Degree

When one person or thing is said to surpass all other persons or things of the same kind, we use the Superlative Degree with THE / OF.

1. This boy is the cleverest of all.

Observe that the Superlative Degree must always (except in the instances mentioned below) be preceded by the Definite Article.

When the Superlative is (a) preceded by a Possessive adjective or (b) is used to qualify some Noun in the Vocative Case, it is not preceded by the Definite Article.

2. He is my greatest friend or at least one of my greatest friends.
3. O dearest one, when shall we see you again?
4. Your loveliest girl friend was here to meet you.

The Superlative Degree must not be used as if it were equivalent to the Positive Degree preceded by VERY.

1. He wrote a best book. (Incorrect)
2. He wrote a very good book. (Correct)
3. He is a worst scholar. (Incorrect)
4. He is a very bad scholar. (Correct)

The only kind of exception to this rule is that given above. Here O DEAREST ONE is equivalent to O VERY DEAR ONE.

But the Superlative Degree may itself be preceded by VERY where VERY is not an Adverb, but an Adjective signifying real or actual.

1. He is the very best (=the actual best) student in this class.

In such a sentence as….This is a most interesting book…there is no violation of the rule, since MOST INTERESTING is not the Superlative Degree in this sense. What we have is the Positive Degree (interesting) modified by an Adverb of degree. Most = Very)

The words superior, inferior, senior, junior, prior, anterior and posterior are followed by TO instead of THAN.

1. This silk is superior to that.
2. Kamala is inferior to Sita in intelligence.
3. I am senior to him, but junior to you.



  1. The Adjective
  2. An Adjective
  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. Comparison of Adjectives
  36. Latin Comparatives of Adjectives
  37. Irregular Comparisons of Adjectives
  38. Formation of Comparatives and Superlatives
  39. Formation of Comparative and Superlative
  40. Uses of Quantitative Adjectives
  41. Uses of Numeral Adjectives
  42. Definite Numeral Quantities
  43. Uses of Demonstrative Adjectives
  44. Uses of Distributive Phrases
  45. Uses of Distributive Adjectives
  46. Example Sentences with suitable Adjectives
  47. Uses of Degrees of Comparison of Adjectives
  48. Uses of Positive Degree of Comparison of Adjectives
  49. Uses of Comparative 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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