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    2nd & 3rd degree of adjectives

    I didn't find the second & third degrees of the following 14 adjectives in my dictionary, please teach me them.
    1, interesting
    2, same
    3, top
    4, handsome
    5, tired
    6, favorite
    7, serious
    8, boring
    9, expensive
    10, difficult
    11, dangerous
    12, different
    13, last and
    14 bottom

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    Re: 2nd & 3rd degree of adjectives

    You try first.

    Careful! Some of those have no comparative/superlative form.

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    Re: 2nd & 3rd degree of adjectives

    Quote Originally Posted by Abdul basit jadoon View Post
    1, interesting
    4, handsome
    5, tired
    7, serious
    8, boring
    9, expensive
    10, difficult
    11, dangerous
    Like many adjectives with two or more syllables, all of these use 'more' and 'most' for their comparative and superlative forms.

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    Re: 2nd & 3rd degree of adjectives

    Sir
    Are they so? Please make corrections.

    1, interesting - more interesting and more interesting
    2, same ?
    3, top - topper and toppest
    4, handsome - more handsome and most handsome
    5, tired ?
    6, favorite ?
    7, serious more serious and most serious
    8, boring ?
    9, expensive more expensive and most expensive
    10, difficult more difficult and most difficult
    11, dangerous more dangerous and most dangerous
    12, different more different and most different
    13, last and ?
    14 bottom ?
    Thank you very much.
    Last edited by Jadoon 84; 24-Jun-2012 at 05:47.

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    Re: 2nd & 3rd degree of adjectives

    Quote Originally Posted by Jadoon 84 View Post
    Sir
    Are they so? Please make corrections.

    1, interesting - more interesting and more interesting
    2, same ? You have to use 'more' and 'most', BUT you also need to change the adjective: more same; it's 'more similar'
    3, top - topper and toppest 'top' and 'bottom' are extremes already
    4, handsome - more handsome and most handsome
    5, tired ? 'more' and 'most'
    6, favorite ? It's extreme already: more favorite makes no sense. You can say 'more favoured', but what is 'more favoured' is less 'favoured' than 'favorite'
    7, serious more serious and most serious
    8, boring ? 'More/most boring'
    9, expensive more expensive and most expensive
    10, difficult more difficult and most difficult
    11, dangerous more dangerous and most dangerous
    12, different more different and most different
    13, last and ? It's extreme already
    14 bottom ?________ "
    Thank you very much.
    Extremes don't have degrees: you can't have something that's 'more best'.

    'Top' and 'bottom' have special (slightly archaic - rarely used) words that emphasis their 'extreme'ness: 'topmost' and 'bottom-most' (though 'bottom-most' is rarely needed: the top rung of a ladder can also be 'the topmost rung'; but I think I'd say 'the first rung' instead of the 'bottom' one. This '-most' suffix can also be used with 'utter' to give 'uttermost' - usually abbreviated to 'utmost'

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    Re: 2nd & 3rd degree of adjectives

    Quote Originally Posted by Jadoon 84 View Post
    Sir As we have said before, no greeting is necessary - and many of the members who respond to questions are female.

    I gave the answers to those I have coloured blue in an earlier post. Those I have coloured red have no comparative or superlative forms. They wouldn't work logically.

    1, interesting - more interesting and more interesting
    2, same ?
    3, top - topper and toppest

    4, handsome - more handsome and most handsome
    5, tired ?

    6, favorite ? Logically this cannot have a comparative or superlative form, though some people, especially children, use 'most favourite' informally
    7, serious more serious and most serious
    8, boring ?
    9, expensive more expensive and most expensive
    10, difficult more difficult and most difficult
    11, dangerous more dangerous and most dangerous

    13, last and ?
    14 bottom ?
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    Re: 2nd & 3rd degree of adjectives

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Jadoon:

    1. I believe that sometimes you have a choice. It might depend on what sound pleases the writer.

    a. The Parser is handsomer than Tom. The Parser is the handsomest of all the men.

    The Parser is more handsome than Tom. The Parser is the most handsome of the lot.

    b. Mona is politer than Maria. Mona is the politest of the lot.

    Mona is more polite than Maria. Mona is the most polite of all the students.

    2. One expert (Dr. Randolph Quirk* ) says that (for many speakers) you may use more/most or -er/-est with these adjectives:

    quiet
    common
    solid
    cruel
    wicked
    polite
    pleasant
    handsome

    *****

    Footnote on page 462 in the 1985 edition of A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language.


    HAVE A NICE DAY!

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