Comparing With Adjectives

Adjectives have three degrees of comparison which are positive, comparative, and superlative. The positive degree compares two equal objects or persons. Unequal objects or persons are indicated by the comparative degree. Lastly, the superlative degree shows the best / worst of all objects or persons. Both regular and irregular adjectives can convey comparison in all three degrees.


The positive degree uses an adjective to compare two equal nouns/pronouns. 'As' is placed both before and after the adjective.

Regular Adjectives

  • Today is as hot as yesterday.
  • She is as pretty as her sister.
  • She is not as helpful as Todd.
  • Ann is as beautiful as her mother.
  • This is as important as that.

Irregular Adjectives

  • This tastes as bad as that.
  • One is as good as another.
  • She is as late as he is.


The comparative degree compares two unequal objects or persons. One-syllable adjectives and two-syllable adjectives without suffixes add the suffix '-er' to the adjective and add ‘than’ after it. Multisyllable and two-syllable adjectives with suffixes insert 'more / less' in front of the adjective and add 'than' after it.

Regular Adjectives

  • 1 Syllable: Today is hotter than yesterday.
  • 2 Syllable (no suffix): She is prettier than her sister.
  • 2 Syllable (with suffix):  He is more helpful than Pam.
  • Multisyllable: She is more beautiful than her mother.
  • Negative: This is less important than that.

Irregular Adjectives

  • I feel worse than yesterday. 
  • The cake is better than that one.
  • It is later than I thought.


The superlative degree compares three or more objects or persons. One-syllable adjectives and two-syllables adjectives without suffixes insert 'the' before the adjective and add the suffix '-est'.  Multi-syllable and two-syllable adjectives with  suffixes insert 'the most / least ' before the adjective.

Regular Adjectives

  • 1 Syllable: Today is the hottest day of the month.
  • 2 Syllable (no suffix):  She is the prettiest girl in the class.
  • 2 Syllable (with suffix): Caleb is the most helpful of all.
  • Multisyllable: She is the most beautiful girl in her family.
  • Negative: This is the least important of all.

Irregular Adjectives

  • This is the worst day of my life!
  • This is the best cake I ever tasted.
  • Here is the latest news.

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