|Using the comparative of adjectives in English is quite easy once you have understood the few simple rules that govern them.
Below you will find the rules with examples for each condition.
If you are not sure what a syllable or a consonant is – have a look here.
|Number of syllables||Comparative||Superlative (see rule)|
|one syllable||+ -er||+ -est|
|one syllable with the spelling consonant + single vowel + consonant: double the final consonant:|
|Number of syllables||Comparative||Superlative|
|two syllables||+ -er OR more + adj||+ -est OR most + adj|
|ending in: -y, -ly, -ow
ending in: -le, -er or -ure
these common adjectives – handsome, polite, pleasant, common, quiet
|happy||happier/ more happy||happiest/ most happy|
|yellow||yellower/ more yellow||yellowest/ most yellow|
|simple||simpler/ more simple||simplest/ most simple|
|tender||tenderer/ more tender||tenderest/ most tender|
|If you are not sure, use MORE + OR MOST +
Note: Adjectives ending in ‘-y’ like happy, pretty, busy, sunny, lucky etc:. replace the -y with –ier or –iest in the comparative and superlative form