Which Comparative degree should I use? - er", "est" more or most

Which Comparative degree should I use? - er", "est" more or most


The Comparative Degree is used to compare the qualities of two persons or things. It denotes the existence of a higher degree of the quality than the positive and is normally used when two things are compared.

Either er or more is used to compare e.g. smaller, smaller Or, courageous, more courageous. `Than’ is normally added along with comparative degree of adjectives.

E.g. This building is taller than that one. Or, The red apples are sweeter than the green ones.

Sometimes, as.....as is also used to compare two entities. E.g. Parvati does not dance as gracefully as Mohini. Or, This book is as thick as that one.

Superlative degree

When the highest quality is indicated, est and most are used. e.g. This is the smallest building in the vicinity. Or, Gone with the Wind is the most interesting book I have ever read.

The Superlative Degree is used when more than two nouns or things are compared. It is imperative that the definite article `the’ is used before the superlative degree.

Test your understanding - Choose the correct sentence from the pair of sentences given below

1.
a. She is more nice than noble.
b.She is nicer than noble.

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ANSWER: a. She is more nice than noble.



2.
a. The little girl was happier when she was given a red balloon instead of a blue one.
b. The little girl was more happy when she was given a red balloon instead of a blue one.

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ANSWER: a. The little girl was happier when she was given a red balloon instead of a blue one.



3.
a. During the summer, Shimla is more cooler than Delhi.
b. During the summer, Shimla is cooler than Delhi.

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ANSWER: b. During the summer, Shimla is cooler than Delhi.



4.
a. Very few countries of the world are more populated than China.
b. Very few countries are most populated as China.

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ANSWER: a. Very few countries of the world are more populated than China.



5.
a. Some girls in the class are not as braver as Shakti.
b. Some girls in the class are not as brave as Shakti.

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ANSWER: b. Some girls in the class are not as brave as Shakti.


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