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Forming Comparative and Superlative Adverbs -LY Adverbs.

With -LY adverbs (adverbs formed from adjectives by adding -ly to the end) we form the comparative and superlative forms with more and most.

AdjectiveAdverbComparative AdverbSuperlative Adverb
quiet quietly more quietly most quietly
careful carefully more carefully most carefully
happy happily more happilymost happily
  1. Jeff works more quietly than Steve does.
  2. Jeff works the most quietly of all the students.
  3. Of the three drivers, Mary drives the most carefully.
  4. Steve works more happily than he used to.
  5. Mary sings the most happily of all the girls in the group.

Other Adverbs.

For adverbs which retain the same form as the adjective form, we add -er to form the comparative and -est to form the superlative.

AdjectiveAdverbComparative AdverbSuperlative Adverb
hard hard harderhardest
fast fast fasterfastest
early early earlierearliest
  1. please work harder.
  2. Mary runs faster than John does.
  3. Mary runs the fastest of all the runners on the team.
  4. Steve gets to work earlier than I do.
  5. Steve gets to work the earliest of all.

Irregular Adverbs.

AdjectiveAdverbComparative AdverbSuperlative Adverb
good well betterbest
bad badly worseworst
far far farther/furtherfarthest/furthest
  1. John plays tennis better than Jack does.
  2. On our tennis team, John plays tennis the best.
  3. I did worse on the test than Bart did.
  4. On that test, I did the worst in the class.
  5. My paper airplane flew farther than yours did.
  6. My paper airplane flew the farthest of all.


Adjectives and Adverbs comparatives

Some common mistakes

A common mistake is to confuse adjectives and adverb forms. For example:

  1. Fast runners finish quicker. (more quickly)
  2. I did good. (well)

Both of these sentences are incorrect.

Some adverbs of distance use further in the comparative form.

  1. Go awayer (Go further away)
  2. Move downer (Move further down)

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