100 Examples of Degrees of Comparison

100 Examples of Degrees of Comparison

degree of comparison

English has many degrees of comparison, which can be confusing for ESL students. In this post, we will provide 100 examples of how to use these degrees properly. With practice, you’ll be able to master this important aspect of the English language!

What is the degree of comparison? The degree of comparison (or the grade of comparison) is the intensity of the adjective or adverb. There are three degrees of comparison: positive, comparative, and superlative.

The positive degree is the base form of the word, without any comparison. The comparative degree is formed by adding -er to the positive form, and the superlative degree is formed by adding -est.

For example, the positive degree of “happy” is “happy.” The comparative degree is “happier,” and the superlative degree is “happiest.”

Here are some more examples:

100 degree of comparison

Positive Comparative Superlative
cold colder coldest
full fuller fullest
messy messier messiest
skinny skinnier skinniest
coarse coarser coarsest
friendly friendlier friendliest
mean meaner meanest
sincere sincerer sincerest
black blacker blackest
dark darker darkest
handy handier handiest
old older/elder oldest/eldest
sore sorer sorest
brief briefer briefest
dumb dumber dumbest
humble humbler humblest
quick quicker quickest
thin thinner thinnest
broad broader broadest
early earlier earliest
icy icier iciest
rare rarer rarest
tiny tinier tiniest
good better best
creamy creamier creamiest
narrow narrower narrowest
slimy slimier slimiest
bland blander blandest
deadly deadlier deadliest
happy happier happiest

degree of comparison 3

Positive Comparative Superlative
plain plainer plainest
sweaty sweatier sweatiest
calm calmer calmest
faint fainter faintest
juicy juicier juiciest
risky riskier riskiest
true truer truest
clean cleaner cleanest
fierce fiercer fiercest
light lighter lightest
sad sadder saddest
bold bolder boldest
dirty dirtier dirtiest
healthy healthier healthiest
pretty prettier prettiest
tan tanner tannest
busy busier busiest
flat flatter flattest
low lower lowest
sharp sharper sharpest
chewy chewier chewiest
fancy fancier fanciest
large larger largest
rough rougher roughest
warm warmer warmest
crunchy crunchier crunchiest
great greater greatest

degree of comparison 4

Positive Comparative Superlative
neat neater neatest
smelly smellier smelliest
close closer closest
firm firmer firmest
long longer longest
sane saner sanest
brave braver bravest
dull duller dullest
hot hotter hottest
pure purer purest
thick thicker thickest
clear clear clearest
filthy filthier filthiest
likely likelier likeliest
safe safer safest
bright brighter brightest
dusty dustier dustiest
hungry hungrier hungriest
quiet quieter quietest
thirsty thirstier thirstiest
cheap cheaper cheapest
fair fairer fairest
kind kinder kindest
roomy roomier roomiest
ugly uglier ugliest
cool cooler coolest
funny funnier funniest
mild milder mildest
sleepy sleepier sleepiest
cloudy cloudier cloudiest
fit fitter fittest
loud louder loudest
scary scarier scariest
bitter bitterer bitterest
damp damper dampest
hairy hairier hairiest
oily oilier oiliest
soon sooner soonest
angry angrier angriest
curly curly curliest
greedy greedier greediest
nice nicer nicest
smoky smokier smokiest
crispy crispier crispiest
grave graver gravest
naughty naughtier naughtiest
small smaller smallest
creepy creepier creepiest
grand grander grandest

degree of comparison in english

Positive Comparative Superlative
nasty nastier nastiest
slow slower slowest
blue bluer bluest
dense denser densest
harsh harsher harshest
poor poorer poorest
tall taller tallest
clumsy clumsier clumsiest
flaky flakier flakiest
lovely lovelier loveliest
shallow shallower shallowest
chubby chubbier chubbiest
fat fatter fattest
late later latest
rude ruder rudest
weak weaker weakest
bossy bossier bossiest
dry drier driest
hip hipper hippest
proud prouder proudest
tasty tastier tastiest
big bigger biggest
cute cuter cutest
guilty guilter guiltiest
odd odder oddest
soft softer softest
classy classier classiest
few fewer fewest
lazy lazier laziest
rusty rustier rustiest
curvy curvier curviest
gross grosser grossest
noisy noisier noisiest
smooth smoother smoothest
bad worse worst
bloody bloodier bloodiest
deep deeper deepest
hard harder hardest
polite politer politest
sweet sweeter sweetest
calm calmer calmest
fresh fresher freshest
mad madder maddest
shiny shinier shiniest

degree of comparison list

Positive Comparative Superlative
busy busier busiest
easy easier easiest
itchy itchier itchiest
ripe riper ripest
tough tougher toughest
crazy crazier craziest
gentle gentler gentlest
moist moister moistest
slim slimmer slimmest
cruel crueller cruellest
greasy greasier greasiest
near nearer nearest
smart smarter smartest
clever cleverer cleverest
fine finer finest
little littler littlest
salty saltier saltiest

10 degree of comparison degree of comparison 2