Comparison Which do you think is bigger : a lion or a tiger? I don’t think a tiger is quite as big as a lion!
Compare Mark is 6 years old young. Mark is young. Heidi is 4 years oldRick is 10 months old younger than Mark. Heidi is younger than Mark. youngest. Rick is the youngest.
Compare This sack of potatoes weighs 6 kg. heavy. The suitcase is heavy. This suitcase weighs 4 kg. These two bags weigh 8 kg. heavier than the suitcase. The sack is heavier than the suitcase. heaviest These two bags are the heaviest of all.
There are three degrees of adjectives: Positive Comparative Comparative Superlative Superlative
one The positive degree is used for one person or thing.
‘-er’ ‘-est’ for the superlative of some adjectives. You add ‘-er’ for the comparative and ‘-est’ for the superlative of some adjectives. cheap-cheaper-cheapest hard-harder-hardest weak-weaker-weakest old-older-oldest
‘-e’ ‘-r’‘-st’ If they end in ‘-e’, you add ‘-r’ and ‘-st’ safe-safer-safest nice-nicer-nicest close-closer-closest
double Some double the last letter. big-bigger-biggest fat-fatter-fattest sad-sadder-saddest
‘y’ ‘i’ Some change ‘y’ to ‘i’ heavy-heavier-heaviest funny-funnier-funniest busy-busier-busiest
two or more syllables To compare adjectives with two or more syllables use MORE in the Comparative MOST in the Superlative LESS in the Comparative LEAST in the Superlative
EXAMPLES beautiful - more more beautiful - most most beautiful careful - more careful - most careful intelligent - more intelligent - most intelligent generous - more generous - most generous dirty- less less dirty- least least dirty
The following are irregular good-better-best many-more-most bad-worse-worst ill-worse-worst