Degrees of Comparison

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Irregular Comparative and Superlative Degrees

A number of adjectivesOpens in new window are irregular in the way they form the comparative and superlative degrees Opens in new window.

Irregular adjectives are adjectives that do not form the comparative and superlative degrees by adding either –er/–est or more/most.

The following chart shows the different nature that irregular adjectives take to form the comparative and superlative degrees.

Irregular Adjectives
Positive DegreeComparative DegreeSuperlative Degree
goodbetterbest
badworseworst
manymoremost
farfarther/furtherfarthest/furthest
littlelessleast
Practical Examples:
  • Dogs are better pets than cats.
  • Of all the four friends in the clique, John’s drawings are the best.
  • Andy’s cooking is worse than mine. Mike’s the worst.
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