Comparative Levels of Adjectives and Adverbs
|Part of Speech||Positive||Comparative||Superlative|
|Adverb||highly||more highly||most highly|
|Adverb||widely||more widely||most widely|
|Adverb||easily||more easily||most easily|
- The Positive Degree is used to denote the existence of quality.
- The Comparative Degree is used to compare the qualities of two persons or things.
- The Superlative Degree is used when more than two nouns or things are compared.
Study the following models.
|Very few boys in the class are as tall as John.||John is taller than any other boys in the class.||John is the tallest boy in the class.|
|John is taller than most other boys in the class.||John is one of the tallest boy in the class.|
Irregular Comparative and Superlative Adjectives and Adverbs
Some comparative and superlative forms are irregular and since they do not follow any rules or patterns, they must be memorised.
|old||older elder||oldest eldest|
Collocations are two or more words which; when read or spoken, sound natural to native speakers.
The table below shows some of the most commonly used types of collocation:
|Verb + noun||throw a party / accept responsibility|
|Adjective + noun||square meal / grim determination|
|Verb + adjective + noun||take vigorous exercise / make steady progress|
|Adverb + verb||strongly suggest / barely see|
|Adverb + adjective||utterly amazed / completely useless|
|Adverb + adjective + noun||totally unacceptable behaviour|
|Adjective + preposition||guilty of / blamed for / happy about|
|Noun + noun (also known as compound nouns)||pay packet / window frame|
You can also read through this Collocations List for further commonly used English language collocations.