Category : Grammar Bytes: Adverbs like adjectives

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Adverbs, like adjectives.

Adverbs, like adjectives, can be used to make comparisons.
The degrees of comparison are positive, comparative and superlative.

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  1. John runs fast. (positive)
  2. John runs faster than Jack. (comparative)
  3. James runs the fastest. (superlative)

With most adverbs, the comparative and the superlative forms are formed by adding -er and -est, respectively, to the positive degree.

For example,


late—later—latest,


hard—harder—hardest.

We also form the comparatives and the superlatives by adding more and most, respectively, to the positive degree of many adverbs.
For example,

easily—more easily—most easily.

Some adverbs form the comparatives and the superlatives in an irregular way.
For example,

little—less—least ,
much—more—most,
badly—worse—worst.

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