Daily Grammar

Lesson 36

Parts of Speech - Adjectives

Adjectives can be used in comparisons which means we change the form of the adjective when speaking of one, two, or more than two. They change either by adding er or est to the adjective or by using the words more or most before the adjective. Some are irregular in their form and must be memorized or looked up in the dictionary. The dictionary gives the forms for most words using er or est to form comparisons. The three degrees of comparison are called (1) positive which states a quality of one thing or person, (2) comparative which compares two things or persons, and (3) superlative which compares more than two things or persons.

Examples: positive - new, careless, good
          comparative - newer, more careless, better
            superlative - newest, most careless, best

Instructions: Write the comparative and superlative forms of the following adjectives.

1. jolly

jolly, jollier, jolliest

2. honest

honest, more honest, most honest

3. dim

dim, dimmer, dimmest

4. friendly

friendly, friendlier, friendliest

5. little

little, littler, littlest - when referring to size uses
less, lesser, least - when referring to amount uses

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