Grammar: Comparitives

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What are Comparatives in English Grammar?

In English grammar, comparatives are used to compare differences between two objects they modify, indicating a greater or lesser degree of a quality. They are typically formed by adding "-er" to one-syllable adjectives, such as "taller" from "tall" or "faster" from "fast". Adjectives ending in "e" simply add "-r" (e.g., "larger" from "large"), and those with a single vowel before a final consonant double the consonant and add "-er" (e.g., "bigger" from "big"). For two-syllable adjectives ending in "y", the "y" changes to "i" before adding "-er" (e.g., "happier" from "happy"). Adjectives with two or more syllables typically use "more" before the adjective, such as "more beautiful" or "more interesting".

Comparatives often follow the word "than" to clarify the comparison, as in "She is taller than her brother" or "This book is more interesting than the last one". Irregular forms, like "better" for "good" and "worse" for "bad", deviate from these standard rules. These structures are crucial for expressing differences and making direct comparisons between two entities, allowing speakers to convey nuanced observations about the world around them.

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