Study the following sentences
a) Deepika is a clever girl
b) Deepika is cleverer than Sravani
c) Deepika is the cleverest of all the girls in the class
In the above sentences, the adjective 'clever' is used in three degrees to show the comparison. They are;
1. Positive Degree
2. Comparative Degree
3. Superlative Degree
★ Positive Degree is used to denote the existence of some quality. Here no comparison is made.
Mahesh is a handsome hero.
Akbar was a great emperor.
★ We use 'Comparative Degree' when there is a difference in respect of some quality between two
persons, places or things.
Ooty is cooler than Chennai. Virat Kohli is better than most other Indian batsmen.
★ When comparison is made among more than two persons, places or things we use 'Superlative Degree'.
It refers to the highest degree of quality.
Burj Khalifa is the tallest tower in the world.
Bahubali is the highest grosser of Telugu movies till date.
Interchange of Degrees of Comparison
|I||Visakhapatnam is not as big as Hyderabad||Hyderabad is bigger than Visakhapatnam||(Superlative Degree is not possible here as the comparison is made only between two items)|
|II||The rose is at least as beautiful as the lily||The lily is not more beautiful than the rose|
|III||No other metal is as heavy as lead||Lead is heavier than any other metal||Lead is the heaviest metal|
|IV||Very few singers in India are as great as K.J.Yesudas||K.J.Yesudas is greater than most other singers in India||K.J.Yesudas is one of the greatest singers in India|