Comparative adjectives

By Mary Morel

One-syllable words take -er and -est to make them comparative.

hot, hotter, hottest

Three or more syllables are preceded by more/less and most/least.

beneficial, more beneficial, most beneficial

The rules are not as clear-cut with two-syllable words. Those ending in -y tend to take -er and -est, and the rest take more/less and most/least.

lazy, lazier, laziest; grateful, more grateful, most grateful

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