Monday, October 10, 2011

Posting for my own reference

I was losing this part of my grammar beaten into me by nuns, so had to get a reminder.

The comparative forms of most adjectives, however, are formed by adding the suffixes
-er and -est, or by placing the words more and most in front of the positive form.

RULES FOR FORMING COMPARATIVES:
1. One syllable words form the comparative by adding -er and -est:
brave, braver, bravest
small, smaller, smallest
dark, darker, darkest.

2. Two-syllable words that end in -y, -le, and -er form the comparative by adding -er and -est:
pretty, prettier, prettiest
happy, happier, happiest
noble, nobler, noblest
clever, cleverer, cleverest

3. Words of more than two syllables form the comparative with more and most:
beautiful, more beautiful, most beautiful.
resonant, more resonant, most resonant

5 comments:

silly rabbit said...

I used to love grammar studies in school, particularly dissecting sentences. Its funny how much of our language rules have gone by the way. We make so many terms and words up now that don't fit into them.

Mel said...

O
M
G
!!!

Trust me when I say no nun beat that into me!
Trust me when I say I violate those 'rules' every chance I get cuz I CAN.

*laughing*

But he was a CUTE English teacher--and I had a desire to impress him, dontchaknow.

3GirlKnight said...

Good grammer lesson is good.

Churlita said...

I have become so lazy about grammar, the older I get.

NoRegrets said...

SR - I LOVED diagramming sentences. I really do like language rules - they are overlooked way too much in my opinion.

But no offense Mel... :-)

3GK, har

Churlita, I think for me, it's just old age making me forget the rules.