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    tricky question for beginners

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    What are the degrees of comparison for the following adjectives and adverb?:

    dead
    wonderful
    badly


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    Re: tricky question for beginners

    Hi teia_petrescu,

    Can you give me an example when someone needs to be more dead than someone else? Dead seems pretty extreme - I'm not sure you can be more dead.

    Last summer, we went on a wonderful trip.
    This summer, we went on trip that was even more wonderful than the one last year.

    His playing was wonderful last year, but after another year of lessons, he plays more wonderfully than ever.

    He plays the piano quite badly, but his sister plays worse than he does.

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    Re: tricky question for beginners

    The only way I can think to use "dead" in a comparative sense would be in humor or sarcasm, speaking colloquially.

    "Lord, but I wish you'd stop beating that dead horse, Verleen. You ain't gonna make it any deader."

    IF you needed to use the comparative in some bizarre way, in my opinion dead would follow the "regular" rule for one-syllable adjectives: sweet/sweeter, hard/harder, fast/faster.

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    Re: tricky question for beginners

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Hi teia_petrescu,

    Can you give me an example when someone needs to be more dead than someone else? Dead seems pretty extreme - I'm not sure you can be more dead.

    Last summer, we went on a wonderful trip.
    This summer, we went on trip that was even more wonderful than the one last year.

    His playing was wonderful last year, but after another year of lessons, he plays more wonderfully than ever.

    He plays the piano quite badly, but his sister plays worse than he does.

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    Hi
    I posted this question for beginners, Barb , but you are welcome, as well. Thank you for your answers. Of course, "dead" does not have any degrees of comparison and, in my opinion, "wonderful" does not either because its meaning is a superlative one. It`s my opinion. Maybe I am wrong.


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    Re: tricky question for beginners

    Whoops. Sorry.

    I disagree about "wonderful"---it describes something that excites admiration, astonishment, or wonder, and surely some things do that to a greater degree than others.

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    Re: tricky question for beginners

    Quote Originally Posted by Delmobile View Post
    Whoops. Sorry.

    I disagree about "wonderful"---it describes something that excites admiration, astonishment, or wonder, and surely some things do that to a greater degree than others.
    Hi
    Thank you.
    It was just an opinion but I looked it up and I have come to the conclusion that this word does have, indeed, comparative and superlative degrees.

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    Sorry, I misunderstood the reason for your post.

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    Re: tricky question for beginners

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Sorry, I misunderstood the reason for your post.
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    No problem, Barb. It happened to me, too, some time ago. I am happy I have the opportunity to talk with native speakers of English.

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    Re: tricky question for beginners

    It seems to me 'dead' can follow dirrerent rules.
    1) It must have degrees of comparison - because it has a range of meaning, not only 'completely not alive'. Colors can be dead and after some time - even deader.
    2) If we want to use comparison in a meaning not quite traditional for comparisons - then we tend to use 'more': He represented the most dead coprpse I've ever seen.

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