A-Z Challenge 2015: P is for Positive Degree

What is a Positive Degree? The term positive degree relates to adjectives and adverbs. An adjective or adverb that does not make a comparison is said to be in the positive degree. In English there are three degrees of comparison:

  • The Positive Degree. (This offers no comparison.)
  • The Comparative Degree (This shows the greater or lesser degree.)
  • The Superlative Degree (This shows the greatest or least degree.)

Examples:

Positive Degree Comparative Degree Superlative Degree
sharp
(adjective)
sharper
less sharp (or blunter)
sharpest
least sharp (or bluntest)
happy
(adjective)
happier
less happy (or sadder)
happiest
least happy (or saddest)
precise
(adjective)
more precise
less precise
most precise
least precise
fast
(adverb)
faster
slower (or, possibly, less fast)
fastest
slowest (or, possibly, least fast)
merrily
(adverb)
more merrily
less merrily
most merrily
least merrily
badly
(adverb)
worse worst

 

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1 Response

  1. stephen tremp says:

    Thanks for the lesson. But this is exactly why I hire an editor.

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