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Comparison of Adverbs


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Descriptive Adverbs, like descriptive Adjectives, have three Degrees of Comparison. These degrees are formed in different ways:

Sample Usage

1. If the Adverb is of one syllable, add-er to form the comparative and -est to form the superlative:

Hard Harder Hardest
Soon Sooner Soonest
Fast Faster Fastest
Late Later Latest
Almost all the Adverbs which are also used as Adjectives belong to this class.

2. Adverbs which end in -ly, take more for the comparative and most for the superlative:

Softly more softly most softly
Swiftly more swiftly most swiftly
Greedily more greedily most greedily
But there is one exception:

early earlier earliest

3. A few Adverbs form Degrees of comparison in an irregular manner:

well better best
Badly worse worst
Far farther farthest
further furthest
Little less least
Much more most





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