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  • Chapter 5. Adverb (Cont'd...)

    Adverbs

    5.2 Comparison of some degree adverbs

    The comparative forms adverb of single syllable are formed by adding er and their superlative forms are formed by adding est. Table 5.1 provides some examples.

    Table 5.1 Example of comparison of adverbs

    Positive Comparative Superlative
    hardharder hardest
    early earlier earliest
    fast faster fastest
    long longer longest

    Comparative and superlative forms of adverbs of two or more syllables are formed by placing more and most respectively before the positive form (see Table 5.2 for example).

    Table 5.3 Comparison of adverbs with more and most

    Positive Comparative Superlative
    wisely more wisely most wisely
    quickly more quickly most quickly
    rapidly more rapidly most rapidly
    skilfully more skilfully most skilfully

    Some irregular forms of comparative adverbs are listed in Table 5.3.

    Table 5.3 Irregular form of comparative adverbs

    Positive Comparative Superlative
    well better best
    ill/badly worse worst
    little less least
    much more most
    far farther farthest
    forth further furthest
    nigh/near nearer next
    late later last

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