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Adverbs like adjectives are used in comparisons. The positive is the base word
(fast, quietly). The comparative is formed by adding �er or the word more (faster,
more quietly), and the superlative by adding �est or the word most (fastest, most
quietly). A few adverbs have irregular forms (well, better, best).

1) First Case

For adverbs that consist of one syllable we add �er� to adverbs to make comparative
and �est� to make superlative form.


- He drives himself hard. (positive)

- He drives himself harder than I think he should. (comparative)

- He drives himself the hardest of anyone I know. (superlative)

2) Second Case

For adverbs which contain two or more syllables we add �more� to adverbs to form
comparative and �most� to form superlative form.


- The tiger moves quietly through the jungle. (positive)

- The tiger moves more quietly than the deer. (comparative)

- The tiger moves the most quietly of the three big cats. (superlative)

3) Third Case

For some other adverbs that have irregular forms from positive to superlative like
(well, better, best) we don�t use the first and second cases above.


- I write well with others in the room. (positive)

- I write better when I�m alone. (comparative)

- I write best late at night. (superlative)


The position of the adverb can affect the meaning of the sentence. The most common
error involves misplacing the adverb only. Make sure that the adverb position
conveys what you intend to say.


Unclear: We only walked to the store and not to the bank. (Did the speakers only
walk and not run? Or did they walk only to the store and not elsewhere? The meaning
is unclear.
Clear: We walked only to the store and not to the bank.

Unclear: She frequently calls the magazine editor. (Does she call the magazine
editor more frequently than anyone else? Or does she simply call the editor many
times [frequently]?)

Clear: She calls the magazine editor frequently.

NOTE: In general, avoid splitting the verb phrase when using an adverb. While this
rule is not carved in stone, it is a good one to keep in mind.


Avoid: I have also given the matter my attention.

Better: I also have given the matter my attention.

Avoid: He had accurately filled out the form.

Better: He had filled out the form accurately.


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?Frequently Asked Questions on Grammar

?Tenses and their usages

?Changing Voice


?Prepositional Verbs

?Common Errors

?Grammatical rules and structures


?Idioms and Phrases

?Parts of Speech (Word Classes)


?Right form of Verb

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Labels: Adjective & Adverb, Parts of Speech
Friday, 16 January 2015

DEFINITION: Adjective is the word which is used to modify noun or pronoun. There
are five kinds of adjective as follow.

1) Possessive Adjective

2) Descriptive Adjective

3) Numeral Adjective

4) Demonstrative Adjective

5) Interrogative Adjective


DEFINITION: Possessive Adjective is the adjective which is used to point out the
noun that belongs to someone and there are seven Possessive Adjectives. They are
My, Your, Our, Their, His, Her and Its.


- This is my book.

- Your car is outside.

- His girl fried is waiting


DEFINITION: Descriptive Adjective is the adjective that is used to tell the sorts
of noun or quality.


- He is a tall man.

- They are good students.

- She is a beautiful girl.


DEFINITION: Numeral Adjective is the adjective which is used to show the number of
noun. There are three types of Numeral Adjective as follow.

a) Definite Numeral Adjective

b) Indefinite Numeral Adjective

c) Distributive Numeral Adjective

a) Definite Numeral Adjective

DEFINITION: Definitive Numeral Adjective is the adjective that is used to denote an

exact number of noun as first, second, third or one, two, three�.


- Ankor Wat is the seventh wonders of the world.

- Ankor temple has got five towers.