Difference between revisions of "Comparative"

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The '''comparative''' (/kəmpærətɪv/) is the form of an [[adjective]] (it needs to be a [[gradable adjective]]) that compares two things, e.g.
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The '''comparative''' (/kəmpærətɪv/) is the form of an [[adjective]] (it needs to be a [[gradable adjective]]) or [[adverb]] (it needs to be a [[gradable adverb]]) that compares two things, e.g.
  
 
* Ben is <u>taller</u> than Shane
 
* Ben is <u>taller</u> than Shane
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* Ben is <u>less accident-prone</u> than Shane.
 
* Ben is <u>less accident-prone</u> than Shane.
  
Comparatives may be [[irregular]] see [[irregular adjective]]s.  The most common are good-better, and bad-worse.
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* Ben runs quicker than Shane
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* Shane walks funnier than Ben.
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* Ben is runs more quickly than Shane.
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Comparatives may be [[irregular]] (see [[irregular adjective]]s).  The most common are good-better, and bad-worse.
  
 
Longer comparatives use "more" or "less".  Some words can swing either way, so e.g. both "commoner" and "more common" are OK.
 
Longer comparatives use "more" or "less".  Some words can swing either way, so e.g. both "commoner" and "more common" are OK.
  
 
It ought not be used to compare three of more things, where a related [[superlative]] is needed.
 
It ought not be used to compare three of more things, where a related [[superlative]] is needed.

Revision as of 11:31, 13 June 2019

The comparative (/kəmpærətɪv/) is the form of an adjective (it needs to be a gradable adjective) or adverb (it needs to be a gradable adverb) that compares two things, e.g.

  • Ben is taller than Shane
  • Ben is funnier than Shane
  • Ben is more intelligent than Shane
  • Ben is less accident-prone than Shane.
  • Ben runs quicker than Shane
  • Shane walks funnier than Ben.
  • Ben is runs more quickly than Shane.

Comparatives may be irregular (see irregular adjectives). The most common are good-better, and bad-worse.

Longer comparatives use "more" or "less". Some words can swing either way, so e.g. both "commoner" and "more common" are OK.

It ought not be used to compare three of more things, where a related superlative is needed.