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Tamilnadu Samacheer Kalvi 9th English Grammar Degrees of Comparison
A comparison can be made using the three forms of an adjective.
The adjective is a word that describes or qualifies a noun. It gives more information about a noun.
(e.g.) The tiger is a strong animal.
There are three degrees of comparison :
- Positive (e.g.) Kumar is a kind man.
- Comparative (e.g.) A tsunami is more destructive than a cyclone.
- Superlative (e.g.) Mount Everest is the highest peak in the world.
Read The Following Example
|No other girl in the class is as tall as Ramya.||Ramya is taller than any other girl in the class.||Ramya is the tallest girl in the class.|
|Very few girls in the class are as tall as Ramya.||Ramya is taller than most other girls in the class.||Ramya is one of the tallest girls in the class.|
|much, many, some||more||most|
The Positive Degree is used to express or describe a quality.
The Positive Degree of an adjective states the characteristic of the noun.
(e.g.) It is a tall building.
(e.g.) Mango is sweet to taste.
The Comparative Degree is used when two things (or two sets of things) are compared.
(e.g.) This building is taller than any other building.
(e.g.) Mango is sweeter than pineapple.
The Superlative Degree is used when more than two things are compared.
(e.g.) This is the tallest building.
(e.g.) Mango is the sweetest fruit.
Prabhu is young. (Positive Degree)
Prabhu is younger than Amirtha. (Comparative Degree)
Prabhu is the youngest of all. (Superlative Degree)
For adjectives of the multi syllabus we add
MORE (or LESS) for the comparatives and MOST (or LEAST) for the superlatives.
|useful||more useful||most useful|
|unfortunate||more unfortunate||most unfortunate|
|expensive||more expensive||most expensive|
|important||more important||most important|
(i) Complete the following sentences.
1. She is from her sister.
(a) pretty (b) prettier (c) prettiest
2. Priyaisa girl.
(a) nice (b) nicer (c) nicest
3. Supriyaisthe girl in the class.
(a) intelligent (b) more intelligent (c) most intelligent
(c) most intelligent
4. Martin speaks English
(a) well (b) better (c)best
5. Nile is the river in the world.
(a) long (b) longer (c) longest
6. India is a country.
(a) big (b) bigger (c) biggest
7. China is than India.
(a) big (b) bigger (c) biggest
8. This is the book I have ever read.
(a) interesting (b) more interesting (c) most interesting
(c) most interesting
9. I am than you.
(a) smart (b) smarter (c) smartest
10. Take the of the two routes.
(a) short (b) shorter (d) shortest
(ii) Complete the following sentences using the correct degree of the adjective given in the brackets.
1. My brother’s handwriting is (bad) mine.
2. Health is wealth, (important)
more important than
3. Blood is water, (thick)
4. Everest is peak in the world, (high)
the highest peak
5. This is play I have ever heard on the radio, (interesting)
the most interesting
6. Sushila is of all the four sisters, (beautiful)
the most beautiful
7. The planet Mars is from the earth than the satellite Moon, (far)
8. The elephant is animal in the world, (large)
9. An ocean is certainly a sea. (big)
10. Iam in cricket than in football, (interested)
(iii) Write the words in your own sentences using any one of the degrees of comparison.
Mr. Ravi is more famous than his friends. (Comparative degree)
She is as happy as a lark. (Positive degree)
Mahesh is the best student in the class. (Superlative degree)
You should be more sincere in your work. (Comparative degree)
The lion is the strongest animal in this jungle. (Superlative degree)