Can you explain the difference between comparisms and comparisms of adverbs??
Slow, slower, slowest.. comparism
Slowly, more slowly.. comparism of adverbs
If the second are adverbs what are the first?
The first are adjectives. Some use 'slower' as the comparative of the adverb as well.
adverbs & adjectives--comparisons
- The A train was a slow train.
The B train was slower than the A train.
The C train was the slowest of them all.
As an adjective, slow modifies the noun and not the verb. In the above sentences, slow modifies train.
- The train moved slowly.
The train moved slower as it approached the grade.
- The A train moved slowly.
The B train moved slower than the A train.
Of the three trains, the C train moved the slowest.
As an adverb, slow modifies the verb and not the noun. In the above sentences, slow modifies move.
In the book I am using "streamline english connections" under comparism of adverbs they use slowly then more slowly. An example given: "hey both walk slowly. Mr. Kent always has to wait for his wife at the top of the hill, because Mrs. Kent walks more slowly than Mr. Kent." I personally would use: "beacause Mrs. Kent walks slower than Mr. Kent." But it seems that is incorrect!!
Both slower and more slowly are acceptable, but I think most AE speakers would use slower. It (slower) is less cumbersome.
Typical AE: Bill walks slower than Bob.
The use of slower as a comparative adverb is definitely not incorrect.
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