Comparison of Adverbs:
Some Adverbs like Adjectives also have three Degrees of Comparison.
(1) Adverbs of one syllable form their Comparative by adding ‘er‘ and Superlative by adding ‘est‘ to the Positive; as,
(2) Adverbs ending in ‘ly‘ from Comparative by adding more and Superlative by adding most to the Positive; as,
|Angrily||More Angrily||Most Angrily|
|Carefully||More carefully||Most Carefully|
|Happily||More Happily||Most Happily|
|Quickly||More Quickly||Most Quickly|
|Swiftly||More Swiftly||Most Swiftly|
|Skilfully||More Skilfully||Most Skilfully|
Note- Early, earlier and earliest are the exceptions.
(1) Only the Adverbs of Time, Manner and Degree can be compared.
(2) The following Adverbs cannot be compared: once, here, there, today, now, then.
(3) Some Adverbs are compared irregularly; as,
Some Common Errors in the use of Adverbs:
|He ran fastly.||He ran fast.|
|She works hardly.||She works hard.|
|I am much tired.||I am very tired.|
|I am too glad to see you.||I am very glad to see you.|
|Please kindly help me.||Please help me. or, Kindly help me.|
|She is very much sorry.||She is very sorry.|
|I am very taller than she.||I am much taller than she.|
|She is enough kind to help me.||She is kind enough to help me.|
|Flour sells dearly these days.||Flour sells dear these days.|
|This work is too much difficult for me.||This work is much too difficult for me.|