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.
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.”
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.”
Write your first draft tonight.
Bring your completed work to class on May 12.
older has forced me to recognize that change is constant. Contrary
to what I expected, I walk more quickly now than I did ten
years ago. Over the years, my behaviour has changed gradually.
I can no longer rely on my flexibility, strength, and endurance,
so I must work hard to maintain my body, to make the best use I
can of my capacity. My parents always say, “Your health is the
most important thing. Without it, you have nothing.” Being in the
middle of life, I have found a new interest in mathematics: how
many years since; how many (possibly) left? I could find this all
depressing, but with the new perspective I have gained, I now live
most happily when I remember the importance of living well
every day, expecting changes and living with them whatever comes
my way. (142 words; revised from a piece written originally in
February 2002 by Brad Hyde)
Some Common Adverb