Some Examples On Degrees of Comparison and Tips,English Grammar.

Some examples of Positive, Comparative and Superlative Degrees of Comparison.

Positive Comparative Superlative

Good Better Best

Hot Hotter Hottest

Sharp Sharper Sharpest

Tall Taller Tallest

Short Shorter Shortest

Large Larger Largest

Small Smaller Smallest

Dry More dry (drier) Most dry (driest)

Cold More cold (colder) Most cold (coldest)

Proud More proud (prouder) Most proud (proudest)

High Higher Highest

Legible More legible Most legible

Great Greater Greatest

Cut Cut Cut

Put Put Put

Useful More useful Most useful

Ferocious More ferocious Most ferocious

Nutritive More nutritive Most nutritive

Pretty More pretty (prettier) Most pretty (Prettiest)

We should remember that we have two things to compare in Comparative degrees. We can say one is better than the other.

In cases, when we have to make comparison between more than two Persons / Objects, we have to say one or one group is better or worse than the other.

Ex: A, B, C and D are compared.

A is taller than B

B is taller than C

D is of the same height of C

B is taller than C and D, but, shorter than A.

Changing the Degrees of Comparison

– POSITIVE Degree occurs when we make a statement or a matter of fact without comparison.

COMPARITIVE Degree occurs when we compare two things / place / persons.

SUPERLATIVE Degree occurs when more than two things / place / persons are involved. Remember, beyond Superlative there is nothing more to be compared. If only two persons / places need to be compared, then one can use the Superlative.

– When forming comparative degree, normally add

a) ‘er’ to positive

Ex: tall – taller sharp – sharper

old – older short – shorter

young – younger long – longer

large – larger high – higher

b) for superlative, add ‘est’ to positive.

tall – taller – tallest sharp – sharper – sharpest

old – older – oldest short – shorter – shortest

young – younger – youngest long – longer – longest

large – larger – largest high – higher – highest

c) for word ending with ‘ y ’ remove ‘ y ‘ from positive and add ‘ier’ for comparative and ‘iest’ for superlative.

heavy – heavier – heaviest lucky – luckier – luckiest

pretty – prettier – prettiest dirty – dirtier – dirtiest

merry – merrier – merriest dirty – more dirty – most dirty

The Adjectives which have two syllables, will have ‘more’ for comparative and ‘most’ for superlative.

Ex: beautiful – more beautiful – most beautiful

honest – more honest – most honest

popular – more popular – most popular

reliable – more reliable – most reliable

pretty – more pretty (prettier) – most pretty


Some form themselves into comparative and superlative in an irregular pattern.

Positive Comparative Superlative

good / well better best

bad / ill worse worst

high higher highest

little less least

much / many more most

far farther farthest

fore former foremost / first

You will become familiar with more words to use in Degrees of comparison by reading.

For changing from one degree to another.

From Positive to Comparative.

a) Find out the comparative form of positive and place it in the place of positive adjective and follow it with ‘than’ or ‘to’ and follow it with the object.

Rama is elder (comparative) to Lakshmanan

To change into superlative, you should make sure or ensure that all the persons / places / things compared are taken into account. In superlative, you should leave nothing out of comparison.

In the above example, in comparative, we have taken only two persons ; Rama and Lakshmanan

If we are certain that we have to make a statement involving Rama and Lakshmanan to indicate who is elder of the two, comparative degree will do. But, if we have more than two people, if we say, ‘Rama is elder to Lakshmanan’, when two others namely, Bharata and Shatrugana are involved, if we say Rama is elder to Lakshmana, we will not know if Bharata or Shatrugana is elder to Rama. So, if we say, Rama is the eldest of four brothers, we have taken into account Bharata and Shatrugana. We get the clear picture that Rama is the eldest of the four.

Let us see another example for changing from one degree to another.

Madurai is the oldest town in Tamil Nadu (Superlative).

The meaning is that there is no other city in Tamil Nadu which is older than Madurai. So, to convert the above into superlative and convey the same meaning, we should say ‘Madurai is older than any other city in Tamil nadu’. We can also express the same in another way.

No other city in Tamil Nadu is older than Madurai.

However, the emphasis we want to give on Madurai is slightly different or varied. This, we shall discuss later.

Shakespeare is greater than any other English poet. (Comparative)

Shakespeare is the greatest of English Poets (superlative).

As a rule, make sure the meaning in various degrees remain the same, instead of blindly following hints. In fact, while dealing with grammar, we should pay more attention to the meaning conveyed, whatever be the circumstances.

Change the degree of comparison without changing the meaning.

1) The pen is mightier than the sword.

2) Cow is more useful than any other animal.

3) Mount Everest is the highest peak in the World.

4) Mariana Trench is the deepest point in the ocean

5) It is better to have loved and lost than to have not loved at all.

6) Mango is sweeter than Lime.

7) Very few Nations are as materialistic as the USA.

8) Samudra Gupta was greater than any other King in India.

9) No other orator was more powerful as Demosthenes.

10) I have more books than you.


‘The rich do not know the condition of the poor’

The adjectives are ‘rich’ and ‘poor’.

What do we mean by these adjectives?

Rich – people who are rich or rich people.

Poor – people who are poor or poor people.

The nouns ‘People’ are not stated openly. They are implied or hidden behind the adjectives. So, when we say rich or poor in the above sentences, we mean rich (adjective) people (noun – collective noun), do not to know the sufferings of the poor (adjective) people (noun – collective noun). In practice, we use rich and poor. Hence, adjective is used as Plural Nouns.

The future is happy. Here, future means futurity. It is an Abstract Noun. In such cases, the adjective (future) becomes Noun. It is in Singular.

Some other adjectives derived from Proper Nouns become adjectives. They may relate to proper ethnicity – Indians, Americans, Tamilians.

Some adjectives indicating persons also become Nouns. They may belong to particular profession or an activity that is common to all of them – juniors, seniors, Criminals.

Yet some other adjectives denoting quantity / things in general become Nouns. It can be both in Singular and Plural.

– Secrets, total, solids, liquids, gases, valuables.

Some adjectives like sweet are used as Nouns in Plural and not in Singular. We can say sweets, it, that is, in a many eatables that are sweet.

Some phrases also become Nouns whenever this make appear into the sentence below the proceeding one. In short, Before long, Ere long, At Best, At the very least, in black and white.

In general, to identify an adjective functioning as a Noun, look for Plural Nouns, Singular Nouns of quality, derivatives of Nouns (means Adjectives formed of Noun). Or some phrases that indicate Nouns implicitly.

Also, ‘the’ appears before Adjective functioning as Noun (in general).

Remember the above guidelines are only indicative. Best way is to look for the meaning. i.e. what we speak about Persons / Places / Things and what we add to give more meaning to the forms and decide if the Noun is implied.

Sometimes we use Noun as adjectives as well.

I am a city boy.

He always plays computer games.

Adjective is normally placed before the Noun.

He is a great man.

In poetry, the adjective may appear after the Noun – ‘Men’, of great valour never die more than once’.

We place adjectives after Noun in Prose also, when we have more than one adjective to emphasis.

Lord Krishna was a great King, Philosopher and Leader.

He was a kind man, patient, forbearing and of compassion.

We also place adjectives after a Noun when we join some words or phrases to adjectives. This is to place emphasis.

MS Dhoni is fertile in imaginative tactics..

In some cases, in some phrases, Adjectives come after the Noun.

God Almighty, time immemorial.

In some instances, the adjectives are more of explanatory in nature or indicate a specific quality which we want to emphasis.



By Ramanis blog

Retired Senior Management Professional. Lectures on Indian Philosophy,Hinduism, Comparative Religions. Researching Philosophy, Religion. Free lance Writer.Blogger,Tedex Speaker


  1. Punjab is not the hottest of all the states in India…..Please change it in positive degree of comparison…Is it right to say that Some other state in India is hotter than Punjab????


  2. very good all but my one question
    first question is – words other and any of not use in superlative degree why
    second question is – in superlative degree we use to than for comparison but words senior,junior,prefer etc..after use to why


  3. (1) this is the cheap and best book. ( wrong)
    this ia a cheap and good book ( right )
    this the cheapest and best book ( right)
    This is a cheaper and better book.

    Its right or wrong ?
    please tell me sir


    1. ‘this ia a cheap and good book ( right )
      this the cheapest and best book ( right)
      This is a cheaper and better book.’
      These are correct though the meanings differ.


  4. Sir pls can i know the examples of positive ,comparitive and superlative for the words ferocious,nigh,fore,up,out.


  5. “Please check my posts under Language, English”-you told me.
    But now i cannot able to find it ,where do i get your post under language? Please tell me sir.


  6. 1.Pen is mightier than sword.(comp degree)
    2.pen is the mightest.(positive degree)
    what will be the superlative then?


  7. Sir when I intend to speak English I am not able to speak fluently, it makes me think one or two times, what shall I do to improve vocabulary & would like to request you to advise me to be fluent in English while speaking Please advise me …


    1. You must not be afraid of making mistakes, while speaking nor would you be discouraged if some people make fun of you when you try to speak.Unless one makes mistakes while speaking and correct mistakes one shall never learn to speak.Ignore criticism.More important is that the ability to speak English does not reflect on one’s intelligence or talent.Language is only a medium of communication.It is not equivalent to intelligence or skills.Try to speak without reservation.


  8. Sir,I want to know about the degree of comparison.
    Asim is taller than sasim.(com).
    Sasim is not so tall as Asim.(pos).
    What is the superlative form of the sentence?


  9. Thank u so much sir it helpd & saved me from a grammer for me it was a huge confusion in this portion it helped me thanks a lot once again


  10. Diesel costs ________ Petrol. much as B.more than I got this question in my test book . But I don’t know the answer.


  11. It becomes very difficult for the blogger to stay there as the competition is getting tougher day by day. And the best way to do this is to entertain, inform and engage your audience.


    1. When you have only one thing, you can nt compare with the others..
      For example, let’s say you are 5′ 6″.
      You can not say whether you are Tall or Short till you compare with others, say one who is 5’4″ or one who is 5”10″.
      When you have one who is 5’4″, now we can say you are taller.
      But when you have one who is 5’10”, then you are shorter.
      So when you have two things to compare, you have Comparatives.
      When you have nothing or nobody to compare with, the sentence is in Positive degree.
      When you have more than two things to compare with, you have Superlatives.
      That is if you have one who is 5”4″, another at 5’10” and you are 5’6′, then th one who is 5’10’ in the Tallest among you all and who is 5’4” is the shortest .


  12. Sir can u pls help me I want to know the degree of comparison for the word few the sentence is who were comparatively few in number.pls reply


  13. Thanks a lot ,sir.I want to know also some noun words in which adjective occurs after them .


      1. Nouns can be qualified by Adjectives.
        There a a lot of way to know them is to read a lot.
        However you may send me some nouns and i shall post some adjectives for them
        i will be publishing a Book on Grammar shortly,which will have more information on this.
        meanwhile you may check posts under language for more information.


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