about superlative and comparative degree usage


what is the superlative degree term for the word  useful and quiet?

and when we should use the prefixes more and most while writing the comparative and superlative forms of the words

superlative asked Sep 23 '12 at 07:26 sindu New member

3 answers


thin thinner thinnest

Here are 4 letters.so,Ithink the rule is this 

If there is a,e,i,o,u at second last letter ,repeat the last constant letter and add er and est for comparative and superlative degree respectively

Also there is a word dry,old which have 3 letters.

Its degree is

                   positive comparative superlative

                   dry        drier              driest

                   old        older              oldest

So Ithink the given second rule is incorrect.

But there are many words that do not follows rule of a,e,i,o,u

Also about rule no. 1 tired 5letters comparative-more tired superlative most tired.

please tell me Iam right or wrong.

link comment edited May 03 '14 at 06:54 amey waingankar New member

Your 1st rule is wrong you say that count the letters if there are 6 or more letters add more and most but word “pretty" has 6 six letters and the comparative and superlative of pretty is prettier and prettiest!!!

link answered Apr 19 '15 at 09:27 Usama New member

the word pretty ends with letter "y" so read rule number 3.

jazzyMay 09 '15 at 02:11

add comment

Most adjectives with two or more syllables are preceded by 'more' and 'most' at the comparative and superlative levels respectively. The following are examples: careful = more careful and most careful; intelligent = more intelligent and most intelligent.

link comment answered Aug 21 '16 at 12:42 Julius Suh Ayancho New member

Your answer

Write at least 20 characters

Have a question about English grammar, style or vocabulary use? Ask now to get help from Grammarly experts for FREE.