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    Default Are the directions for the given exercise appropriate?

    Hi teachers,

    Find sentences that have ‘comparative’ or ‘superlative’ adverbs on pages 1-8. Then write them on this page and explain why it is so. But first read the examples.

    Example:
    Arthur drives a bit faster than Deborah does.
    Faster is a comparative adverb because it compares the way Arthur and Deborah drive.
    Tim works the hardest.
    Hardest is a superlative adverb because it compares the way Tim works compared with the rest of the workers.

    I don't think this one is very appropriate or is it?, '... and explain why it is so'.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Are the directions for the given exercise appropriate?

    The point of the exercise is to hammer home that the comparative degree compares some quality of two, exactly two, people, places, things, or abstractions.

    You may think it's a little heavy-handed and some may agree. But repetition may help avoid some of the following common errors:

    Things went from bad to *worst.
    Of the three guys in my class, Tom is the *stronger.
    Tom is *strongest than Mary.

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    Default Re: Are the directions for the given exercise appropriate?

    The point of the exercise is to hammer home
    Hi abaka,
    Thank you for your reply. Is it that hard to make my point understood? Are my directions that bad? Could you suggest appropriate ones?

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    Default Re: Are the directions for the given exercise appropriate?

    Are you asking whether the phrase "why it is so" is grammatically correct? It is. It means, why the comparative degree of the adjective is appropriate in the given context.

    Are you asking whether the exercise of explaining why the comparative degree is proper in the context is appropriate? I believe it is appropriate, though perhaps a little heavy-handed. I have explained why I believe it is appropriate in my previous post.

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    Default Re: Are the directions for the given exercise appropriate?

    Are you asking whether the phrase "why it is so" is grammatically correct? It is. It means, why the comparative degree of the adjective is appropriate in the given context.
    Thank you very much!

    Are you asking whether the exercise of explaining why the comparative degree is proper in the context is appropriate? I believe it is appropriate, though perhaps a little heavy-handed.
    But not that difficult for intermediate students, is it?

    Hi,
    Thank you for your reply.

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    Default Re: Are the directions for the given exercise appropriate?

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    But not that difficult for intermediate students, is it?
    Actually even native speakers often misuse the comparative degree of adjectives and adverbs, chiefly by forgetting that the comparison is always between TWO objects, no more and no less.

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    Default Re: Are the directions for the given exercise appropriate?

    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    Actually even native speakers often misuse the comparative degree of adjectives and adverbs, chiefly by forgetting that the comparison is always between TWO objects, no more and no less.
    Hi abaka,
    Thank you so much for all your replies.

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