Three-syllable adjectives form the comparative with more (more sensible).
Most one-syllable adjectives have -er (older).
Some two-syllable adjectives have more (more modern), some have -er (heavier),
and some can have either form (more pleasant/pleasanter).
If the adjective ends in -y use -er:
Shy, shier. Heavy heavier otherwise if you are unsure, use more.
More works well with almost all two-syllable adjectives.
Never drop the -ly from an adverb with -ly
when using the comparison form.
Correct She spoke quickly. She spoke more quickly than he did.
Incorrect She spoke quicker than he did.
Correct Talk quietly. Talk more quietly.
Incorrect Talk quieter.
CorrectJim works harder than his brother.
Note the double 'g' in bigger. Biger would be pronounced like tiger.
(See pronunciation rules
Can you think of another?
Is Jánós the oldest person in your family?
No, he isn't. He's the youngest!
How old is he?
He's my nephew. He's only two years old.
The superlative goes well with the present perfect
(as in The best film I've ever seen was). use
this sentence stem to make a questionnaire.
Here are some examples based on the weather.
With -LY adverbs (adverbs formed from adjectives by adding -ly to the end)
we form the comparative and superlative forms with more and most.
For adverbs which retain the same form as
the adjective form, we add -er
to form the comparative and -est
to form the superlative.
A common mistake is to confuse adjectives and adverb forms.
Both of these sentences are incorrect.
Some adverbs of distance use further in the comparative form.