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Comparative Adjectives

Comparing: examine for similarities and differences

 

Adjectives are used to modify or give more information about nouns and pronouns. Adjectives can be changed slightly to make them stronger or weaker.

 

Let’s look at some rules for making adjectives stronger and weaker.

To make one syllable adjectives stronger:

 

Add, “er”

Close -> closer

Loud -> louder

Kind -> kinder

Soft -> softer

High -> higher

 

Examples:

Jeff’s kite was high, but Julie’s was higher.


To make one syllable adjectives weaker:

Put “not as” before the adjective

Close -> not as close

Loud -> not as loud

Kind -> not as kind

Soft -> not as soft

High -> not as high

 

Example:

The red pillow was not as soft as the yellow one.

To make one syllable adjectives that end in “e” stronger:

Add, “r”

Cute -> cuter

Close -> closer

Nice -> nicer

 

Example:

Michelle was close to the fence, but Brad was closer.

 

To make one syllable adjectives that end in “e” weaker:

Put not as before the adjective

Cute -> not as cute

Close -> not as close

Nice -> not as nice

 

Example:

John’s golf shot was not as close as Mike’s

 

To make one-syllable adjectives ending in a consonant then vowel then consonant stronger:

And another of the last consonant and also add “er”

Thin -> thinner

Hot -> hotter

Big -> bigger

Your house is bigger than the others.

To make these types of adjectives weaker:

Put “not as” before the adjective

Thin -> not as thin

Hot -> not as hot

Big -> not as big

 

Example:

Today is not as hot as yesterday.

 

To make two syllable adjectives that end in “y” stronger:

Drop the “y” and add “ier”

Lucky -> luckier

Funny -> funnier

Easy -> easier

 

Example:

Mrs. Miller’s test is easier that Mrs. Anderson’s.

 

To weaken a two syllable adjective ending in y:

Put “not as” before the adjective

Lucky -> not as lucky

Funny -> not as funny

Easy -> not as easy

 

Example:

I liked the movie but it was not as funny as I heard it was.

 

To make two syllable adjectives stronger you can sometimes just aad “er”

*this is not the case for all two syllable adjectives*

Quiet -> quieter

Simple -> simpler

Gentle -> gentler

 

Example:

This new train runs quieter than the other one.

 

For making these types of two syllable adjectives weaker:

*put not as before the adjective*

Quiet -> not as quiet

Simple -> not as simple

Gentle -> not as gentle

 

Example:

For me, Algebra questions are not as simple as Geometry questions.

 

To make other two or more syllable adjectives stronger:

Put “more” before the adjective

Helpful -> more helpful

Useful -> more useful

Careful -> more careful

 

Example:

This class is more helpful than the others.

To make these two or more syllable adjectives weaker:

You can put either “not as” or “less” before the adjective

 

Helpful -> less helpful

Useful -> less useful

Careful -> less careful

 

Example:

It is never a good idea to be less careful while on a bicycle.

 

*remember* There are exceptions to these rules. There are irregular adjectives and adjectives that don’t follow the rules. The following are more usages of different comparative adjectives.

 

*end of lesson on Comparative Adjectives*