Positive, Comparative and Superlative Adjectives List

Adjectives have three forms – Positive form, Comparative form, and Superlative form.

The positive degree of an adjective is the simplest form of that particular adjective.

Comparative degree of an adjective denotes a higher degree when compared to a positive degree. It is used to compare two persons or things.

The superlative degree of an adjective denotes the highest degree of the quality. Superlative degree is used to compare more than two persons or things.

Comparative and superlative forms of adjectives are formed by adding r and st or er and est or more and most etc.

Let’s try to understand Positive, Comparative and Superlative forms of the adjectives with suitable examples.

Examples

☞ Victor is a tall boy. (Positive Degree)
☞ Victor is taller than Shyam. (Comparative Degree)
☞ Victor is the tallest boy in the class. (Superlative Degree)

☞ Comparative and Superlative Forms formed by adding – r and – st: This happens when the positive form ends with ‘e’.

 Positive Comparative Superlative
 able abler ablest
 brave  braver bravest 
 close closer closest
 fine finer finest
 noble  nobler noblest
 white whiter whitest
 wise wiser wisest

☞ Comparative and Superlative Forms formed by adding – er and – est:

 Positive Comparative Superlative
 clever cleverer  cleverest 
 dear dearer  dearest
 great greater  greatest
 kind kinder kindest
 near nearer nearest
 small smaller smallest
 sweet sweeter  sweetest 
 young  younger  youngest

☞ Comparative and Superlative Forms formed by doubling the last consonant & adding – er and – est:

 Positive Comparative Superlative
 big bigger  biggest 
 fat fatter  fattest
 hot hotter  hottest
 sad sadder  saddest
 thin thinner thinnest

☞ Comparative and Superlative Forms formed by adding – more and – most:

 Positive Comparative Superlative
 difficult more
 difficult 
 most
 difficult 
 fascinating more
 fascinating 
 most
 fascinating
 gorgeous more
 gorgeous  
 most
 gorgeous
 melodious more
 melodious
 most
 melodious
 proper  more
 proper
 most
 proper

☞ Irregular Comparison:

 Positive Comparative Superlative
 bad worse  worst
 good better  best
 little lesser least
 many more  most 
Positive, Comparative and Superlative Adjectives List
Positive, Comparative and Superlative Adjectives List