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Degrees of Comparison


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Degrees of comparison
When you compare everything from places to actions and people to animals.
Three degrees of comparison.
Positive, comparative, and superlative
One-syllable modifiers
To form the comparative or superlative degrees of most one-syllable modifiers, add -er or -est.
Two- syllable modifiers
To form the comparative or superlative degrees of two-syllable modifiers, either add -er or -est or use more or most.
Two-syllable modifiers that end in -ly
To form the comparative or superlative degrees of two-syllable adverbs that end in -ly, add more or most.
Three or more syllable modifiers
To form the comparatives or superlative degrees of most modifiers of three or more syllables, add more or most.
Decreasing degrees
For all decreasing degrees of comparison, use less and least.
Irregular modifiers
The modifiers in the side column form their degrees of comparison irregularly.