1- Degree of adjectives:
- Positive Degree : Expresses a quality without a comparison
The twins are smart.
The tree is tall.
The book is old.
- Comparative Degree : Used to compare things to each other.
- -er: shorter adjectives : hotter area, warmer water
- more: longer adjectives (>= 2 syllables): more interesting subject, more comfortable couch. He is the more aggressive of the two.
- more: adjectives that end with ed, ing, “s” : I am more tired; more boring book; Climbing is more tiring than running.
- Superlative Degree : Superlative is the highest or the lowest degree when comparing two or more things/persons. The inflectional suffix for superlative degree is “est”. Longer superlatives usually take most instead of “est”.
- This is the brightest room in the house.
- Duncan is the tallest player on the team.
- Britney is the most beautiful girl in the class.
2- Intensifiers [strongly support sth | very well |extremely addictive]
An intensifier also called a booster has actually little meaning in itself however adds force to the meaning of another word or a phrase that it modifies.
The prime minister said he strongly supported the NATO plan.
Though she is pretty beautiful, her behaviors make her unattractive.
You need to stop drinking coffee as it’s extremely addictive.
My brother speaks English very well.
It’s too hot to go out today.
He is very smart. (talent/intelligence)
3- Intensifiers With Strong Adjectives:
Though one of the most used intensifiers is “very”, we don’t prefer it with strong adjectives as below:
– Awful / brilliant / incredible / excellent / terrific / gorgeous / fascinated / amazing / gigantic / delicious / tiny
ex: It was absolutely an incredible movie. (not very incredible)
It was exceptionally an amazing experience. (not very amazing)
– Some strong intensifiers are: absolutely / exceptionally / really / quite
4- Intensifiers with Comparatives / Superlatives:
Most common ones are: much / far / a lot / a bit
Manice is a cheap hotel, but Denty is a much cheaper hotel than Manice.
A lion is a far more dangerous animal than a hyena.
I am a lot faster than you think.
My son is a bit sick today so he couldn’t go to school.