Adverbs in Comparison
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This is another short but informative lesson for students of English as a Second Language, or ESL.
Adverbs are also used in comparison, of course, because they are also modifiers. The Comparative and Superlative are formed as follows:
1. If the adverb is only one syllable, just add -er.
The sun shone brighter than it did yesterday.
The exam took longer than usual.
2. Most adverbs ending in -ly form the comparative with more.
Take a look at the following examples:
The second meeting of the cabinet members ended more fruitfully.
The first time I made mushroom soup, I made a mistake. I made some again last night and I followed the instructions more accurately. It was yummy!
The superlative form of the adverb is formed with -est or most. Adverbs that form the comparative with -er form the superlative with -est. And of course, if we use more for the comparative degree, automatically, we use most for the superlative degree.
more fruitfully most fruitfully
more accurately most accurately