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  • Chapter 4. Adjective (Cont'd...)

    Adjective

    4.3 Comparison of Adjectives (cont'd...)

    When adjective ends with ‘e’, ‘r’, and ‘st’ are added to make comparative and superlative respectively. Few examples are provided in Table 4.2.

    Table 4.2 Example of superlative degree

    Positive Comparative Superlative
    brave braver bravest
    noblenobler noblest
    able abler ablest
    fine finer finest
    large larger largest

    In case adjective ends with single consonant and preceded by a vowel, in time of adding ‘er’ or ‘est’ the consonant is doubled. Few examples are provided in Table 4.3.

    Table 4.3 Example of superlative degree

    Positive Comparative Superlative
    big bigger biggest
    hot hotter hottest
    red redder reddest

    If the adjectives end with ‘y’ after consonant, in time of adding ‘er’ and ‘est’, ‘y’ is replaced by ‘i’. Few examples are provided in Table 4.4. But if ‘y’ is preceded by a vowel ‘y’ is not replaced. For example: gay->gayer ->gayest.

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