You use adjectives to make comparatives, and there are several rules to modify these adjectives to their comparative form.One-syllable adjectivesForm the comparative and superlative forms of a one-syllable adjectiveby adding for the comparative form and for thesuperlative.
One-syllable adjectives One-Syllable Adjective Comparative Form Superlative Form tall taller tallest old older oldest long longer longest
One-syllable adjectives Mike is taller than Julia. Mary is the tallest first grader. Jeremy is older than John. Of the three students, Jonathan is the oldest. My hair is longer than your hair. Jennifers hair is the longest hair Ive ever seen.
If the one-syllable adjective ends with an e, just add –r for the comparative form and –st for the superlative form.One-Syllable Adjective Comparative Form Superlative Form with Final -e large larger largest wise wiser wisest
It is important to remember that comparatives compare two things:
It is important to remember that superlatives have the quality of the adjectiveto a degree greater than that of anything it is being compared to in a given context:
If the one-syllable adjective ends with a single consonantwith a vowel before it, double the consonant and add –er forthe comparative form; and double the consonant and add–est for the superlative form. Vowel before consonant Double the consonant
Here are some examples: One-Syllable Adjective Ending with a Single Comparative Form Superlative Form Consonant with a Single Vowel before It big bigger biggest thin thinner thinnest fat fatter fattest
My dog is the fattest dog in the neighborhood.
If the two-syllable adjectives ends with –y, change the y to i and add –erfor the comparative form. For the superlative form change the y to i andadd –est. Two-Syllable Adjective Comparative Form Superlative Form Ending with -y happy happier happiest angry angrier angriest busy busier busiest