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Comparative

S + V + as + Adv + as + N/ProN

S + V + Advshort + er + than + N/ProN

S + V + more Advlong + than + N/ProN

S + V + less + Adv + than + N/ProN

Ex: – Mary drives car as slowly as Dave

–       Mary drives car slowlier than Dave.

–       Mary drives car more carefully than Dave.

–       Mary drives car less carefully than Dave.

 

Superlative

S + V + (the) Advshort + est …

S + V + (the) most + Advlong …

S + V + (the) least + Adv …

Ex: – Mary drives car (the) slowliest in her family.

–       Mary drives car (the) most carefully in her family.

–       Mary drives car (the) least carefully in her family.

 

Rules for Adv comparison:

Short Adverb

Adv with 1 syllable                        fast => faster

Adv with 2 syllables ending in “y”

Turn “y” into “i”                             simply => simplier

Long Adverb

Adv with 3 syllables or                         more carefully => more carefully

 

Irregular Adverb:

Some Adverbs (Advirregular) don’t follow the above rules :

Adj

Comparative

Superlative

Well

Better

best

Badly

Worse

worst

Far

farther

further

farthest

furthest

Little

Less

least

Much

More

most

Late

Later

latest

Example: Comparison with “well”

Correct:   I speak English better  than you.

Incorrect:   I speak English  weller than you.

Example: Comparisom with “badly”

Correct:   I speak English worse  than you.

Incorrect:   I speak English badlier than you.

Exercise: Circle the correct answer

1. Dave is very                             when he drives car.

a. careful                               b. carefully

c. more careful                    d. more carefully

2. Dave is a                                               driver, he never has an accident.

a. careful                               b. carefully

c. more careful                    d. more carefully

3. Dave drives car very                                     , he never has an accident.

a. careful                               b. carefully

c. more careful                    d. more carefully

4. Dave is                                      than me when we drive car.

a. more careful                    b. more carefully

c. the most careful              d. (the) most carefully

5. Dave is                                      driver in his company.

a. more careful                    b. more carefully

c. the most careful              d. (the) most carefully

6. Dave drives car                                   than me.

a. more careful                    b. more carefully

c. the most careful              d. (the) most carefully

7. Dave drives car                                               in his company.

a. more careful                    b. more carefully

c. the most careful              d. (the) most carefully

8. My English is very                              .

a. good                                  b. well

c. better                                 d. the best

9. Dave speaks English very                            .

a. good                                  b. well

c. better                                 d. the best

10. Dave speaks English                                               than me.

a. good                                  b. well

c. better                                 d. the best

Solution:

1. a                             2. a                             3. b                             4. a

5. c                              6. b                             7. d                             8. a

9. b                             10. c

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