We can also compare adjectives in a few ways in order to demonstrate varying degrees of a quality in an object. One way to do this is to use comparative adjectives. A comparative adjective is used to show that an object possesses more, equal, or less of a quality than another object.

More (greater degree of a quality)

  • More + longer adjective + than
    • This student is more dedicated than that one. 
  • short adjective + -er + than
    • Which bookshelf is shorter than the desk? 

Equal (same degree of a quality)

  • as + adjective + as
    • This student is as dedicated as that one.
    • That bookshelf is as tall as the desk. 

Less (lesser degree of a quality)

  • not as + adjective + as
    • This student is not as dedicated as that one. 
    • That bookshelf is not as tall as the desk. 
  • less + adjective + than
    • This student is less dedicated than that one. 

Another way to compare qualities of objects in to use the superlative. The superlative is used to show the highest degree of a quality that an object has. We can form the superlative in two ways:

  • the + short adjective + -est
    • Are you the tallest person in the room?
    • The fastest route is the one Andres suggested. 
  • the most + long adjective
    • I am the most experienced
    • These are the most qualified candidates.

English, like other languages in this tutorial, contains several irregular adjectives: good, better, best, much, more, and most. It is likely that you see similar irregular adjectives in the language you are studying. 


Last revised on July 1, 2019.