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ADJECTIVES: Good - Best - Better

Post  Vincent Law on Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:25 pm


Can you make 3 statements with these three adjectives: Good - Best - Better
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Post  Vincent Law on Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:30 am

Example of one sentence with the three words:
"It is good to know where you want to go, but it is better to be on the way, the best being to reach that place."

Can you make your own sentence?
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Post  Vincent Law on Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:41 am

Adjectives - Good, Better and Best

English has a few adjectives whose comparative and superlative forms are irregular. That is, they don't form the usual patterns for forming comparatives and superlatives (-er, -est; or -ier, iest; or more-, most-).

Positive: good, bad, little, far
Comparative: better, worse, little, less, farther, further
Superlative: best, worst, littlest, least, farthest, furthest

For ESL learners it is important to learn "good, better, best" and "bad, worse, worst" because they are very commonly used. Also, "more, most" and "less, least" are very commonly used.

It is fair to say that those adjectives known as "absolute terms" are also irregular adjectives, because they have no comparatives whatsoever.

"Irregular adjectives are those that don't follow the regular pattern of base word, +er. +est."

Then these are irregular:
gigantic, microscopic, idiotic, quixotic,
absolute, resolute, dissolute,
regal, regular, legal, adjectival, additional, nocturnal, musical
magnanimous, fastidious, generous,
argumentative,
hortatory,
youthful, hopeful, colorful.

Maybe then the description is this:

Irregular adjectives are those that don't follow either (1) the regular pattern of base word, +er. +est, or (2) the regular pattern of the base word, preceded by 'more' or 'most' to form the comparative and superlative.

Some people won't say "more unique" on the grounds that something either is or is not unique. The counterargument is that technically each thing is unique, so the expression "most unique" is fine. I would not use it myself. I treat "unique" as I treat "first-born"; someone either is or is not first-born. These "absolute adjectives" are irregular, too, in that they have no comparative and no superlative.

When this issue is thorough thrashed out, maybe the order of adjectives will be next. So far as I know, a native speaker of English would rarely or never say "red big coat" rather than "big red coat". Google found none of the former and 159 of the latter.

(Does Tolkien call the Elves the first-born, but also say that the Ents preceded the Elves?)

Base word:
good, bad, little, much, many, well, far
Comparative: better, worse, less, more, better, further
Superlative: best, worst, least, most, best, furthest


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