The rules for forming comparatives (e.g., better, more quickly, less efficiently) and superlatives (e.g., best, most quickly, least efficiently) from adverbs are explained below. As they are quite complicated, some people form double comparatives (e.g., more better, more quicklier) or double superlatives (e.g., bestest, most quickliest). These double forms are serious grammar errors.
Forming Comparatives and Superlatives from AdverbsThe rules for forming comparatives and superlatives from adverbs are varied.
Comparatives of AdverbsHere are some examples of comparatives of adverbs:
Superlatives of AdverbsHere are some examples of superlatives of adverbs:
Forming Comparatives and Superlatives from AdverbsThe table below shows the rules for forming comparatives and superlatives from adverbs:
WHAT IS A COMPARATIVE?
An expression like more slowly (formed from the adverb slowly) is known as a comparative. It is used to show who (or what) has performed an action in a specific manner to the greater or lesser degree. (i.e., It is used to compare two performances.)
An expression like most carefully (formed from the adverb carefully) is known as a superlative. It is used to show who (or what) has performed an action in a specific manner to the greatest or least degree.
ONLY DO IT ONCE
When forming a comparative or superlative, be careful not to use a double comparative or a double superlative.
What are adverbs?
Comparatives and superlatives of adjectives
List of easily confused words