Comparison of adverbs

Adverbs - Summary
The comparison of adverbs
The position of adverbs in sentences
Adverbs of frequency
Adverbs and adjectives have the same form
Adverbs, where the basis is not the adjective
Adverbs - two forms
Exercises: Adjectives and adverbs

The comparison of adverbs in English

There are three forms:

- positive
- comparative
- superlative


A - Comparison with -er/-est

hard - harder - (the) hardest

We use -er/-est with the following adverbs:

1) all adverbs with one syllable

positive comparative superlative
fast faster fastest
high higher highest

1) the adverb early

positive comparative superlative
early earlier earliest

B - Comparison with more - most

adverbs ending on -ly
(except: early)

positive comparative superlative
carefully more carefully (the) most carefully

C - Irregular adverbs

positive comparative superlative
well better best
badly worse worst
much more most
little less least
far farther
further
farthest
furthest

ATTENTION!
In informal English some adverbs are used without -ly (e.g. cheap, loud, quick).
There are two forms of comparison possible, depending on the form of the adverb:
cheaply - more cheaply - most cheaply
cheap - cheaper - cheapest

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