45 Gradability of Adverbs

Adverbs

Adverbs are expressions that function as modifiers of other elements in the clause. They can provide a wide range of information.

In some cases we need them to make comparisons between two things, people or actions, expressing the equalities or inequalities between them or the superiority of one thing, person.

There are various degrees of comparison in Adverbs and this Gradability is expressed thanks to the comparative and superlative forms of adverbs.

Regular:

Comparative Superlative
frequently more frequently most frequently
often more often most often
recently more recently most recently

Irregular:

Comparative Superlative
badly worse worst
little less least
much more most
well better best

By adding the suffixes -er/-est or more/most {See: Adjectives – Comparative, Adjectives – Superlative}.

Comparative

  • My health is better than your health because I use the stairs.
  • Peter is listening to the radio more than before.
  • Internet is working appropriately more recently than 2 days ago.

Superlative

  • You are most frequently asking questions in the class.
  • He is the most talented of all we have seen.
  • The least price for this television model is €400.

We use comparative to make comparison between two things, people or actions, expressing the equalities or inequalities between them. It is used with more when the word has 3 or more syllable. To show comparison, we use than before the adverb.

We use superlative to make comparison between things, people or actions, expressing the superiority of one thing, person or action who has a higher level of a particular quality. It is used with most when the word has 3 or more syllable.

Adverbs are important as they modify other elements in a sentence. We use adverbs sometimes to make comparisons between two things, people or actions, expressing the equalities or inequalities between them.

(To understand the difference between superlative and comparative adjectives and the usage of most/more better check: Adjectives – Comparative, Adjectives – Superlative)

To show that we are making a comparison, we use “than” before the adverb.

For example:
—  “This song is nicer than the first one you made me listen to.
—  “This is the best song that I have listened to.”

Let’s revise this content within the [Form] section. Take a look at the [Example] section that shows its use within a context.