Comparative and Superlative of Adverbs

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(After you read the article try our exercises: Comparative     Superlative )


In this tutorial you will learn how to build the comparative and superlative form of adverbs.
For adjectives, we suggest that you read the following tutorial first: Comparative and superlative of adjectives

An adverb is a word that modifies a verb, an adjective or another adverb. Mostly it is similar to the adjective, but there are a few exceptions.
Most adverbs are formed by adding the -ly to the end of the adjective, for example "careful" turns into "carefully", "slow" turns into "slowly".
However some adverbs are identical to the adjectives, for example "fast" stays "fast" (fastly is wrong).
On the other hand, there are some adjectives that do end with -ly, so the word ending can not determine that the word is an adverb.

For example:
lovely - What a lovely dog.

In this tutorial we do not want to focus on how adverbs are formed, but on how the comparative and superlative of these adverbs are formed. The rules are identical to the rules of the comparative and superlative of adjectives. However adverbs modify adjectives, verbs or other adverbs but not nouns. For example, if we compare two actions (verbs), we use the comparative form. If we compare three or more actions we use the superlative form.

Let's have a look on how to form the comparative and superlative of adverbs:

Adverbs that end with "-ly": add the word more for the comparative form, and most for the superlative form.

For example: He drives slowly - He drives more slowly than John - He drives the most slowly of all the three.

Adverbs that do not end with "-ly" and have the same form as the adjectives: Use the rules described in the comparative and superlative table of the adjectives. (the table can be founde here: Comparative and superlative of adjectives)

For example:
She drives fast - She drives faster than John - She drives the fastest of all the three.



There are some exceptions too:
adjectiveadverbcomparativesuperlative
badbadlyworseworst
goodwellbetterbest
farfarfarther/furtherfarthest/furthest


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