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Using Adverbs to Compare: More and Most

April 28, 2005

Using the three degrees of comparison—positive, comparative, and superlative—can be tricky. Tonight, we’ll review the rules more thoroughly than usual.


Comparing with Adverbs:

The simplest, of course, is the positive degree of comparison. For example: “I walked slowly to get the milk at the store.”

More difficult than positive, is the comparative degree of comparison. For example: “I walked more slowly than my dog, so she got a sore neck from pulling on the leash.”

The most difficult is the superlative degree of comparison. For example: “I walked the most slowly compared to my dog and my wife.”

Remember that to make things even more difficult, we have irregular comparative and superlatives, such as “well, better, best” and “badly, worse, worst.” In addition, remember to use “more” and “most” with longer adverbs and adverbs ending in “ly.”

Writing Assignment:

Comparison is an important form of writing. Using adverbs of comparison is a more useful in comparison than in most other writing (of course!).

Tonight, compare yourself as a young person (at least 10 years younger than you are now) to the person you are today. Use the three degrees of comparison from tonight’s lesson at least once each in your paragraph.

For example, “I drive more carefully now than when I first began driving.”

 See a Teacher Writing sample for this assignment.

Please also visit your Advanced Composition Class Page where you can access past lessons.

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