The Degrees of Comparison in English grammar are made with the Adjective and Adverb words to show how big or small, high or low, more or less, many or few, etc., of the qualities, numbers and positions of the nouns (persons, things and places) in comparison to the others mentioned in the other part of a sentence/expression.
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Kinds of Degrees of comparison
Kinds of degrees of comparison



Degree of equality

Progressive degree

Parallel degree

Degree of inequality


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Positive Degree Positive Degree Degree of equality Degree of inequality 27-04-2009 made by BCK 3 .

27-04-2009 made by BCK 4 . thing or place – and one quality… above average tall – adjective  John is a man.POSITIVE DEGREE  One noun – person.

Positive degree (continued)  Eifel tower is a tall man-made structure. One noun with one quality – „tall‟ adjective in positive form 27-04-2009 made by BCK 5 .

The common conjunction used is “as…as”.Degree of equality The adjective or adverb is in positive form showing that two persons or things are the same – two nouns having the same quality.  27-04-2009 made by BCK 6 .

Degree of equality: example 1  John is as strong as James. „strong‟ – adjective in positive form showing equality 27-04-2009 made by BCK 7 .

Degree of inequality  The adjective or adverb is in positive form showing that two persons or things are not the same – two nouns not having the same quality. 27-04-2009 made by BCK 8 .

Degree of inequality  Peter is not as (so) fast as Paul. made by BCK 9 27-04-2009 .

The adjective or adverb takes ‘r’ or ‘er’ to its positive form.COMPARATIVE DEGREE Two persons. things or places are being compared with one adjective or adverb to show that one has more quality or quantity of the adjective or adverb than the other. The conjunction ‘than’ is used to connect the two clauses. and is said to be in comparative form. 27-04-2009 made by BCK 10 .

Comparative Degree: example  A horse can run faster than a dog. made by BCK 11 27-04-2009 .

Degree of Comparison: Comparative degree Progressive Degree Parallel Degree 27-04-2009 made by BCK 12 .

Progressive Degree Two adjectives or adverbs are being compared to show that one continues to increase (or decrease) when the other increases (or decreases). 27-04-2009 made by BCK 13 . The adjective or adverb is in its comparative form with the definite article ‘the’ before it.

the more difficult it is to push the rock up! 27-04-2009 made by BCK 14 .Progressive Degree: example  The steeper the hill.

The adjective or adverb in its comparative form is repeated using the conjunction „and‟. 27-04-2009 made by BCK 15 .Parallel Degree The quality or quantity of the adjective or adverb continues to increase (or decrease) as the time passes.

Parallel Degree: example days are getting hotter and hotter. ► The 27-04-2009 made by BCK 16 . ► It is getting hotter and hotter day by day.

position or area. thing or place – with several others of its kind to show that this particular noun has the highest degree of the quality or quantity of the adjective or adverb being used to compare. ► The preposition ‘of’ is used when the comparison is among items. 27-04-2009 made by BCK 17 . ending with ‘st’ or ‘est’. with the definite article ‘the’ before it. ► The adjective or adverb takes the ‘superlative form’.SUPERLATIVE DEGREE ► Comparing one noun – person. and ‘in’ is used to specify the place.

The giraffe is the tallest of all animals.  27-04-2009 made by BCK 18 .Superlative Degree: example 1  The elephant is the largest of all land animals.

Susan 27-04-2009 made by BCK 19 .Superlative Degree: example 2  Susan is the most intelligent girl in the class.

Degrees of Comparison: worksheet 1 • Gerald is fast the fastest the faster 27-04-2009 footballer in our team. made by BCK 20 .

27-04-2009 made by BCK 21 .Degrees of Comparison: worksheet 2  Tom is a stronger the strongest strong boy.

27-04-2009 made by BCK 22 .Degrees of Comparison: worksheet 3  This man is sad happy angry . but that man is .

Degrees of Comparison: worksheet 4  Kate is more active activer active than Sue. 27-04-2009 made by BCK 23 .

24 .Degrees of Comparison: worksheet 5 • The white flower is as the most beautiful more beautiful beautiful 27-04-2009 made by BCK as the red flower.

Degrees of Comparison: worksheet 6 them. The heavy the difficult The heavier the more difficult the weights. the it is to lift 27-04-2009 made by BCK 25 .

Degrees of Comparison: worksheet 7  The sea is getting . rough and rough rougher and rougher the rougher and the rougher 27-04-2009 made by BCK 26 .

Everest is higher than high the highest mountain in the world. 27-04-2009 made by BCK 27 .Degrees of Comparison: worksheet 8  Mt.

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