THE COMPARISON OF ADJECTIVES
Many Adjectives express the attribute an object
in three different ways. Thus there are three Degrees
1. The Positive Degree.
2. The Comparative Degree.
3. The Superlative Degree.
The Positive Degree.---
The Positive Degree shows the simple quality of
an object without
reference to any other; as His pen is beautiful.
( “beautifuI”is a Positive Degree).
This important Part of Speech is of seven different
1. An Adjective formed from a Proper Noun is
called a Proper Adjective, and it always begins
with a capital letter; as, Pakistani tea;
American-can English wool.
2. An Adjective of Quality shows the kind, the
quality or the state ofa person or a thing;
as, A rich man; a newbook; fresh milk.
3. An Adjective of Quality shows how much of
a thing is meant; as, some rice; little hope;
a half holiday.
4. A Numeral Adjective shows how many persons
or things are meant, or in what order a person or
a thing stands; as, three books; ninth
class; many trees.
5. A Demonstrative Adjective points out which
person or thing is meant; as, this dog; that
book; these boys; those pictures.
6. An Interrogative Adjective is used with Nouns
to ask questions; as, Whose pen is this? Which
way will you go? What book is that?
The words “whose/’ “what” and “which” are the only
three lnterrogative Adjectives.
7. A Possessive Adjective is used with Nouns.
to shows possession; as,
My house; her father (Possessive Adjectives are
also called Possessive Pronouns).
The Comparative Degree.
The Comparative Degree shows a higher degree of
the quality and is used when two objects of the
same kind or class are compared; as 1. She
is older than I. ( “older” is a Comparative Degree).
2. His pen is more beautiful than mine. (“more
beautiful? is a Comparative Degree).
The Superlative Degree.
The Superlative Degree shows the highest degree
of the quality and is used when one object is compared
with all other things of the same class; as,
1. She is the oldest of all. ( “oldest” is Superlative
2. His pen is the most beautiful of all. ( “most
beautiful” is a Superlative Degree).