Adjectives Part 2


Rule 11: Adjectives of Same Degree

If two Adjectives are joined by ‘and’, they must be in the same degrees.

E. g., (A) Good and wise

(B) Better and wiser

(C) Best and wisest

E.g., She is the best and talented girl. (incorrect)

She is the best and the most talented girl. (correct)

Rule 12: Comparison of Equality

When a character of two different persons or things shows similarity the structure should be

as + Adjective + as

e.g., Sohan is as tall as Mohan.

Rule 13:Use of Double Comparatives

 Double Comparatives should not be used; therefore expressions like more better, more stronger etc. are wrong.

E, g., He is cleverer than you. (correct)

He is more cleverer than you. (incorrect)

Rule 14:Comparison of Two Characters

When two characters of a person or object are compared, comparative degree adjectives ending with –er are not used; instead ‘more’ or ‘less’ is used before the adjective.

E.g., He is more wise than strong. (correct)

He is wiser than strong. (incorrect)

He is more wiser than stronger. (incorrect)

Rule 15: Correct Comparison of Adjectives

When two persons, things or characters are compared, comparison should be done correctly.

E. g., His house is bigger than hers. (correct)

His house is bigger than her. (incorrect)

The climate of Delhi is warmer than Kolkata. (incorrect)

The climate of Delhi is warmer than that of Kolkata. (correct)

Rule 16: Comparison of thing with entire group

When a person or thing is compared with its entire group, then the structure should be:

“comparative degree adjective + than + any other / all other”.

E.g., Rita is more beautiful than any girl in the class. (incorrect)

Rita is more beautiful than any other girl in the class. (correct)

Rule 17: Fewer is used to compare Numbers.

Less is used to compare Quantity.

More is used for both Number and Quantity.

E.g. I have fewer pencils than pens.

We eat less salt than sugar.

Rule 18: Use of Article ‘The’ before Superlatives

Article ‘the’ must be used before Superlative Degree Adjectives.

E.g., Mount Everest is the highest peak of the Himalayas. (correct)

Mount Everest is highest peak of the Himalayas. (incorrect)

Exception: But if Superlative Degree Adjectives are preceded by Possessive Adjective or Possessive Case, ‘the’ is not used.

E.g. You are my best friend.

Rule 19: Superlative + one of

Superlative + one of / among  + Plural Noun

E.g., This is one of the cheapest book available in the market. (incorrect)

This is one of the cheapest books available in the market. (correct)

Rule 20: Article ‘The’ Before Superlatives

When ‘the’ is added before Some Adjectives, they are used as plural Nouns and represent a class or a group.

E. g., The wicked always come to grief. (correct)

Wicked always come to grief. (incorrect)