5 Errors with Comparative and Superlative Forms

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Adjectives and adverbs come in three degrees of comparison: positive, comparative, and superlative. When comparing or contrasting two or more things, we use the comparative or superlative degrees. The following chart gives some examples of adjectives and adverbs in their various degrees.

positive

comparative

superlative

adjectives

happy

happier

happiest

smart

smarter

smartest

beautiful

more beautiful

most beautiful

good

better

best

bad

worse

worst

adverbs

sweetly

more sweetly

most sweetly

gladly

more gladly

most gladly

carefully

more carefully

most carefully

well

better

best

When using these modifiers in comparisons, avoid the following common errors.

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