The Degrees of Comparison: Positive, Comparative and Superlative

Adjectives are used to describe, quantify, modify or identify nouns and pronouns. Adjectives have their own degrees called degrees of adjectives or degrees of comparison that compare one thing/person to another. There are three degrees of comparison 👇🏾

1. Positive Degree

This offers no comparison but just tells us about the existence of a quality. For example: small.

2. Comparative Degree

This compares two things to show which has the lesser or greater degree of the quality. For example: smaller.

3. Superlative Degree

This compares more than two things to show which has the least or greatest degree of the quality. For example: smallest.

Forming the Comparative and Superlative Degrees

Type of AdjectivePositiveComparativeSuperlative
one syllablelonglongerlongest
one syllable + ending with vowel consonantbigbiggerbiggest
more than one syllableactivemore activemost active
more than one syllable + ending with -ycrazycraziercraziest
irregulargoodbetterbest

Now, let’s have a look at the various examples 🤔

PositiveComparativeSuperlative
ableablerablest
angryangrierangriest
attractivemore attractivemost attractive
badworseworst
beautifulmore beautifulmost beautiful
blackblackerblackest
blandblanderblandest
bloodybloodierbloodiest
boldbolderboldest
bravebraverbravest
brightbrighterbrightest
brilliantmore brilliantmost brilliant
carefulmore carefulmost careful
clevercleverercleverest
coldcoldercoldest
costlycostliercostliest
courageousmore courageousmost courageous
cunningmore cunningmost cunning
difficultmore difficultmost difficult
dimdimmerdimmest
drydrierdriest
easyeasiereasiest
faithfulmore faithfulmost faithful
famousmore famousmost famous
farfarther/furtherfarthest/furthest
fastfasterfastest
fatfatterfattest
fewfewerfewest
finefinerfinest
gaygayergayest
gloomygloomiergloomiest
greatgreatergreatest
greygreyergreyest
handsomemore handsomemost handsome
happyhappierhappiest
heavyheavierheaviest
highhigherhighest
hothotterhottest
importantmore importantmost important
itchyitchieritchiest
juicyjuicierjuiciest
kindkinderkindest
largelargerlargest
late (time)laterlatest
late (position)latterlast
lazylazierlaziest
littlelessleast
manymoremost
muchmoremost
nicenicernicest
noblenoblernoblest
oldolder/elderoldest/eldest
palepalerpalest
popularmore popularmost popular
propermore propermost proper
quickquickerquickest
renownedmore renownedmost renowned
riskyriskierriskiest
simplesimplersimplest
splendidmore splendidmost splendid
strongstrongerstrongest
suitablemore suitablemost suitable
sweetsweetersweetest
talltallertallest
thickthickerthickest
thinthinnerthinnest
uglyuglierugliest
wealthywealthierwealthiest
whitewhiterwhitest
wisewiserwisest
youngyoungeryoungest
Examples of Degrees of Comparison of Adjectives in Alphabetical Order

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