The Comparison of Adjectives
Comparison of monosyllabic adjectives
Monosyllabic adjectives are compared with -er, -est.
|Example: London is bigger than Vienna.|
Comparison of disyllabic adjectives
Disyllabic adjectives ending with y, er, ow, le are compared with -er, -est.
|Example: Which is the easiest exercise?|
Comparison of all the other adjectives
All the other adjectives are compared with more, most.
|careful||more careful||most careful|
|expensive||more expensive||most expensive|
|difficult||more difficult||most difficult|
|tired||more tired||most tired|
|terrible||more terrible||most terrible|
|Which dress is more expensive? Which dress is the most expensive?|
Comparison of special adjectives
Special adjectives can be compared with -er, -est or more, most.
|clever||cleverer / more clever||cleverest / most clever|
|common||commoner / more common||commonest / most common|
|likely||likelier / more likely||likeliest / most likely|
|pleasant||pleasanter / more pleasant||pleasantest / most pleasant|
|polite||politer / more polite||politest / most polite|
|quiet||quieter / more quiet||quietest / most quiet|
|stupid||stupider / more stupid||stupidest / most stupid|
|sure||surer / more sure||surest / most sure|
|subtle||subter / more subtle||subtlest / most subtle|
|Simple||Simpler / more Simple||Simplest / most Simple|
Irregular Comparison Forms
(not) as ... as
|Ann is as tall as Mary.|
|I think tomorrow it will be as hot as today.|
|This test was not as difficult as the last one.|