Chapter 4. Adjective (Cont'd...)
4.2 Use of Adjectives (cont'd...)
When it denotes a title. Charles the second.
In certain phrase: from the time immemorial, letter patent, president elect.
In poetry: “Listen, listen, ladies gay”
4.3 Comparison of Adjectives
To make comparison, the forms of adjectives are changed. When there is no comparison
or unlikeliness simple form of adjective is used and it is in positive degree.
For example Ram is as tall as Shyam. But when the comparison is made between the
two in degree, the adjective is used in comparative degree. Ram is taller than Shyam.
But when comparison is made among more than two or many persons or things, the
form of adjective used is in superlative degree. Ramchamdra is the most meritorious
of our students. He is the tallest boy in the class.
In case of all adjectives of one syllables, and some adjectives of two syllables ‘er’
or ‘r’ (if there is ‘e’ at the end) is added at the end to make comparative degree and
‘est’ or ‘st’ is added to make superlative degree. For example, have a look on the
Table 4.1 Examples of superlative degree
|Positive ||Comparative || Superlative
| low ||lower ||lowest
| hard ||harder ||hardest
|small ||smaller ||smallest
|tall ||taller ||tallest
| sweet ||sweeter ||sweetest
|young ||younger ||youngest
|high ||higher ||highest
|clever ||cleverer ||cleverest
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