How to make the comparatives and superlatives

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Ajarn Ken,

What is the easier way remembering how to make the comparatives and superlatives of adjectives, adverbs and participles?

Thanks. ahmid - Pakistan


Hi Ahmid

Very simply the easiest way remember how to make these superlatives and comparatives is this:

Adjectives of two syllables which end in the letters -er, -le, -ow and -y form their comparatives and superlatives by adding -er and -est.

For example, clever - cleverer - cleverest.

Adjectives of two syllables which do not end in the letters - er - le - ow or -y and have the accent on the first syllable, form their comparatives and superlatives by using "more" and "most".

For example, helpful-  more helpful -  the most helpful, useless  - more useless -  the most useless.

Participles ending in -ed or -ing also form their comparatives by using "more" and "most".

For example, pleased - more pleased - the most pleased, boring- more boring- the most boring

Adverbs of two syllables made from adjectives by adding -ly form their comparatives and superlatives by using "more" and "most".

For example, carefully - more carefully - the most careful


Hopefully this answers you and thanks for your question.

Ajarn Ken

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