Changing Degree, Grammar

Comparison of Adjectives

Transformation of Degree

Degree deals with adjectives and adverbs. It can be classified into three kinds.

Positive Comparative Superlative
Noun/pronounএর দোষ, গুন, অবস্থা দুটি Noun/pronounএর দোষ, গুন, অবস্থা অনেকের মধ্যে তুলনা
as/so…as than the + superlative form

 Look at the box below (Given rules)

Positive Comparative Superlative
1.       No other than any other the + Superlative form
2.       Very few than most other/than many other one of the
3.       No other than all other the……of all
4.       As soon as No sooner had…verb3….than *
5.       as/so…as not less….than *
6.       not + as/so…as less….than *
7.       not + as/so…as  (change both the subjects) than *

 Structures

Positive             : No other/very few + ext + verb + as/so + positive form + as + sub.
Comparative  : Sub + verb + comparative form + given rules + ext.
Superlative     : Sub + verb + given rules + superlative form + ext.

 Some rules of interchanging degrees

By using more and most
Positive Comparative Superlative Positive Comparative Superlative
Useful More useful Most useful active more active most active
Intelligent More Intelligent Most Intelligent attractive more attractive most attractive
Attentive More attentive Most attentive beautiful more beautiful most beautiful
Difficult More difficult Most difficult brilliant more brilliant most brilliant
courageous more courageous most courageous careful more careful most careful
cunning more cunning most cunning splendid more splendid most splendid
famous more famous most famous proper more proper most proper
faithful more faithful most faithful popular more popular most popular
caring more/less caring most/least caring amazing More amazing most amazing
gifted more/less gifted most/least gifted terrible More terrible most terrible

 

By adding ‘er’ and ‘est’
Positive Comparative Superlative Positive Comparative Superlative
Black Blacker Blackest bright brighter brightest
Fair Fairer Fairest strong stronger strongest
Clever Cleverer Cleverest bold bolder boldest
Poor Poorer Poorest young younger youngest
great greater greatest cold colder coldest
high higher highest fast faster fastest
kind kinder kindest sweet sweeter sweetest
long longer longest tall taller tallest
small smaller smallest weak weaker weakest
rich richer richest thick thicker thickest

 

By adding ‘r’ and ‘st’
Positive Comparative Superlative Positive Comparative Superlative
brave braver bravest pale paler palest
fine finer finest simple simpler simplest
large larger largest wise wiser wisest
nice nicer nicest white whiter whitest
noble nobler noblest      

 

By doubling the final consonats
Positive Comparative Superlative Positive Comparative Superlative
big bigger biggest hot hotter hottest
dim dimmer dimmest thin thinner thinnest
fat fatter fattest Wet Wetter Wettest
sad sadder saddest slim slimmer slimmest

 

By deleting the final ‘y’ and adding ‘ier’ and ‘iest’
Positive Comparative Superlative Positive Comparative Superlative
costly costlier costliest Prettier Prettier Prettiest
dry drier driest Busy Busier Busiest
easy easier easiest lazy lasier lasiest
happy happier happiest mercy mercier merciest
heavy heavier heaviest wealthy wealthier wealthiest
chewy chewier chewiest      

 

Exceptional
Positive Comparative Superlative Positive Comparative Superlative
Good/well Better Best Out Outer/utter  Utmost/utter most
Bad/evil/ill Worse Worst Far Farther Farthest
Much/Many More Most Fore Former Foremost/first
Little Less Least Fore Further Furthest
Late later/latter Latest/last In Inner Inmost/inner most
Old  Older/elder Oldest/eldest Up Upper Upmost/uppermost
near nearer nearest fun more/less fun most/least fun
hind hinder hindermost nigh nigher Nighest/ next

 

 There are also some adjectives that can be inflected using either form we looked at above. The following are some of the most common:

Adjective (positive degree) Comparative degree Superlative degree
clever cleverer or more/less clever cleverest or most/least clever
likely likelier or more/less likely likeliest or most/least likely
narrow narrower or more/less narrow narrowest or most/least narrow
quiet quieter or more/less quiet quietest or most/least quiet
simple simpler or more/less simple simplest or most/least simple

 

1. Turn the following superlative into comparative and positive:

bravest, driest, thinnest, most attractive, most important, best, fastest, quickest, truest, finest, hardest, deepest, coldest, gentlest, least interesting, wisest, ugliest, worst, dullest, utmost, greatest, eldest, blackest, cheapest, fairest

2. Fill in the blank with the right form of degree in the brackets.

(a) There is no other story as — (funny/funnier/funniest) as this.

(b) Bangladesh is — (populous/more populous/most populous) than any other country.

(c) He is — (sincere/more sincere/most sincere) than his brother.

(d) This is the — (foggy/foggier/foggiest) day in the year.

(e) Jacocabath is the (warm/warmer/warmest) place in the world.

(f) Hanif is — (old/older/oldest) than any other player in the team.

(g)City life is not as — (quiet/quieter/quietest) as village life.

(h) Mahbub is the — (wise/wiser/wisest) boy in the class.

(i)No other gift is as — (fine/finer/finest) as this.

(j)Starvation is — (honourable/more honourable/most honourable) than begging.

3. Fill in the blank with the right form of degree in the brackets.

(a) Kamal does not get as — (high/higher/highest) marks as Jamal.

(b) This milk is — (fresh/fresher/freshest) than that.

(c) He is — (friendly/more friendly/most friendly) to me than to you.

(d) Iron is not as — (light/lighter/lightest) as cotton.

(e) You seem — (sleepy/sleepier/sleepiest) than he.

(f)You are the — (lazy/lazier/laziest) boy I have ever seen.

(g) I do not feel as — (free/freer/freest) as you.

(h) The old man is the — (hungry/hungrier/hungriest) of all men.

(i)His hair is — (grey/greyer/greyest) than yours.

(j)Shahin is not — (bold/bolder/boldest) than Shabuj.

4. Fill in the blank with the right form of degree in the brackets.

(a) Shoheb is — (smart/smarter/smartest) than Sakib.

(b)Travelling is pleasant/more pleasant/most pleasant) than many other things.

(c)This is the — (fancy/fancier/fanciest) dress in the shop.

(d) Trees are the — (good/better/best friend to us.

(e) Nipa is not as — (dull/duller/dullest) as Rita.

(f) He is the — (brave/braver/bravest) man.

(g)A crow is — (ugly/uglier/ugliest) than a dove.

(h)The Cuckoo sings — (sweet/sweeter/sweetest) than most other birds.

(i)I love my country — (much/more/most) than anything else.

(j)I do not know any person as — (humble/humbler/humblest) as he.

5. Fill in the blank with the right form of degree in the brackets.

(a) Very few persons are as — (sad/sadder/saddest) as he.

(b) He is — (gentle/gentler/gentlest) than any other person in the village.

(c) I did not see anything as — (black/blacker/blackest) as this.

(d) Dishonour is not as — (preferable/more preferable/most preferable) as death.

(e) The Meghna is — (deep/deeper/deepest) than any other river in Bangladesh.

(f) This pen is as — (new/newer/newest) as that.

(g)Grapes are the — (tasty/tastier/tastiest) of all fruits.

(h) Anwar is — (young/younger/youngest) than Akmal.

(i) No other person is as — (wealthy/wealthier/wealthiest) as he.

(j) There is no other person as — (healthy/healthier/healthiest) as he.

6. Fill in the blank with the right form of degree in the brackets.

(a) Liza is the — (proud/prouder/proudest) of all girls.

(b) No other road is as — (muddy/muddier/muddiest) as this.

(c) English is — (rich/richer/richest) than any other language.

(d) The cow is — (useful/more useful/most useful) than any other animal.

(e) No other person is as — (hot/hotter/hottest) as he to do this job.

(f) He is — (near/nearer/nearest) to us than anybody else.

(g) He is the — (active/more active/most active) person.

(h) Milk is — (nutritious/more nutritious/ most nutritious) than any other food.

(i) These fruits are not as — (fresh/fresher/freshest) as those.

(j) This is — (good/better/best) than all other story books.

7. Fill in the blank with the right form of degree in the brackets.

(a) No other girl is as — (pretty/prettier/prettiest) as she.

(b) Gold is the — costly/costlier/costliest) of all metals.

(e) Your handwriting is — (clumsy/clumsier/clumsiest) than hers.

(d) I have not seen any person as — (cruel/crueler/cruelest) as he.

(e)Your hands are not as big/bigger/biggest) as hers.

(f)The Ramadan is the — (holy/holier/holiest) month for the Muslims.

(g)This ghee is — (pure/purer/purest) than that.

(h) Bangladesh is (green/greener/greenest) than many other countries.

(i) Very few persons are as — (greedy/greedier/greediest) as he.

(j) You seem — (gloomy/gloomier/gloomiest) than before.

8. Fill in the blank with the right form of degree in the brackets.

(a) Liton is the — (handsome/more handsome/ most handsome) boy in the school.

(b) His room is — (tidy/tidier/tidiest) than yours.

(c) The security of the airport was tight/tighter/tightest) than before.

(d) Sumi’s hair is — (curly/curlier/curliest) than Suma’s.

(e)His manner is — (calm/calmer/calmest) than any other person.

(f)Rina’s knowledge in English is not as — (sound/sounder/soundest) as Nasrin.

(g)This is the — (interesting/more interesting/most interesting) matter.

(h) She is — (happy/happier/happiest) than he.

(i) Honesty is — (much/more/most) than anything else.

(j) He is the — (thin/thinner/thinnest) boy in class.

9. Fill in the blank with the right form of degree in the brackets.

(a) The Padma is the — (large/larger/largest) river in Bangladesh.

(b) Gold is — (precious/more precious/most precious) than iron.

(c) No other girl is as — (pretty/prettier/prettiest) as Rani.

(d) January is — (cold/colder/coldest) than December.

(e) Anis is — (happy/happier/happiest) than you.

(f)He is one of the — (good/better/best) boys in the class.

(g) English is — (rich/richer/richest) than any other language.

(h) He is — (noble/nobler/noblest) than any other person I have ever met.

(i)A bird cannot sy as — (last/faster/fastest) as a plane.

(j) Dhaka is the — (big/bigger/biggest) city in Bangladesh

10. Fill in the blank with the right form of degree in the brackets.

(a) Very few metals are as — (precious) as gold.

(b) Chattogram is the — (big) port in Bangladesh.

(c) He is — (old) than any other man in the village.

(d) Tomatoes are — (cheap) than oranges.

(e) A bird does not run as — (fast) as a train.

(f) Jamil is the — (wise) man in the village.

(g) Mr. Jabbar is the popular) teacher in our school.

(h) She is — (beautiful) than her sister.

(i) Very few boys are as — (brave) as he.

(j) Bhutan is one of the — (small) countries in the world.

11. Fill in the blank with the right form of degree in the brackets.

(a) There is no other fruit as — (cheapest) as pine apple.

(b) It runs the — (fast) of all horses.

(c) Ibrahim is — (wise) than Raju.

(d) There is no other place as — (loneliest) as this.

(e) It is the — (famous) school in the town.

(f) He is — (wealthiest) than his brother.

(g)Very few persons are as — (politest) as his brother.

(h) Our English teacher is — (humble) than any other teacher in the school.

(i) This is the — (safe) place.

(j) I arrived — (early) than you.

12. Fill in the blank with the right form of degree in the brackets.

(a) Omar is the — (elder) son in the family.

(b) No other person is as — (braver) as he.

(c) She is — (proud) than her sister.

(d) His way of life is — (simple) than all other persons in the village.

(e) Imran is the — (talented) of all students.

(f) 21st February is — (memorable) than any other day.

(g) This is the — (happy) day in my life.

(h) No other day is as — (mistier) as today.

(i) This is the — (easy) way.

(j) Very few days are as — (colder) as today.

13. Fill in the blank with the right form of degree in the brackets.

(a) This is the — (wide) road in the city.

(b) Very few roads are as — (narrowest) as this road.

(c) You are the — (weak) student in the school.

(d) This tree is — (tall) than that.

(e) You are not as — (slower) as he.

(f) This knife is — (sharp) than that one.

(g) Bangladesh is one of the — (fertile) lands in the world.

(h) Nothing passes as — (quickliest) as time.

(i) The climate of Rajshahi is not — (healthful) than that of Cox’s Bazar.

(j) Your horse is not — (well) trained than this.

14. Fill in the blank with the right form of degree in the brackets.

(a) This is the — (large) mosque.

(b) The pen is — (might) than the sword.

(c) Akbar was — (powerful) than any other kings in India.

(d) This place is — (clean) than that one.

(e) This is the — (dirty) place in the city.

(f) Very few places are as — (noisiest) as this place.

(g) He draws the — (low) salary in the office.

(h) They live in the — (remote) corner of the country.

(i) He is one of my — (close) friends.

(j) Cotton is — (soft) than many other fibres.

15. Fill in the blank with the right form of degree in the brackets.

(a) Aziz is the — (sincere) student in our school.

(b) Very few scenes are as — (loveliest) as this.

(c) Autumn in Bangladesh is not — (warm) than summer.

(d) A journey by boat gives me the — (great) pleasure.

(e) Swimming is — (good) than any other exercise.

(f) This story is — (funny) than any other story.

(g)The days in the winter are — (foggy) than those of other seasons.

(h) This road is — (muddy) than that.

(i) Bangladesh is the — (populous) country in the world.

(j) Very few persons in the village are as — (poorest) as he.

 

 

Reminder:            

1. Positive starts with no other/very few+ ext and ends with subject

2. Comparative and Superlative start with sub + verb and ends with ext

3. If a sentence starts with very few, verb will be plural.

Steps to be followed

1. Try to understand the given sentence—-Positive/comparative/superlative

2. Follow the structures of Positive/comparative/superlative

3. Look at the given rules chart

Examples of Comparison of Adjectives

1. Positive : No other man in the village is as good as he.

Comparative : He is better than any other man in the village.

Superlative : He is the best man in the village.

2. Positive : No other dish on the menu is as cheap as mutton chop.

Comparative : Mutton chop is cheaper than any other dish on the menu.

Superlative :  Mutton chop is the cheapest dish on the menu.

3. Positive : No other wood burns as pretty as it.

Comparative : It burns prettier than any other wood.

Superlative : It burns the prettiest of any wood.

4. Positive : Very few countries of the world are as small as Bangladesh.

Comparative : Bangladesh is smaller than most other countries of the world.

Superlative : Bangladesh is one of the smallest countries of the world.

5. Positive : No other pen writes as fine as it.

Comparative : It writes finer than any other pen.

Superlative : It writes the finest of any pen.

6. Positive : Very few restaurants in Bangladesh are as expensive as Sonargoan.

Comparative : Sonargoan is more expensive than most other restaurants in Bangladesh.

Superlative : Sonargoan is one of the most expensive restaurants in Bangladesh.

7. Positive : No other dramatist is as great as Shakespeare.

Comparative : Shakespeare is greater than any other dramatist.

Superlative : Shakespeare is the greatest of all dramatists.

8. Positive : No other kind of food is as nutritious as milk.

Comparative : Milk is more nutritious than all other kinds of food.

Superlative : Milk is the most nutritious of all kinds of foods.

9. Positive : No other language in the world is as rich as English.

Comparative : English is richer than any other language in the world.

Superlative : English is the richest language in the world.

10. Positive : No other sea-beach in the world is as large as Cox’s Bazar.

Comparative : Cox’s Bazar is larger than any other sea-beach in the world.

Superlative : Cox’s Bazar is the largest sea-beach in the world.

11. Positive : No other drama I have ever watched is as pathetic as this.

Comparative : This is more pathetic than any other drama I have ever watched.

Superlative : This is the most pathetic drama I have ever watched.

12. Positive : Very few metals are as precious as gold.

Comparative : Gold is more precious than most other metals.

Superlative : Gold is one of the most precious metals.

13. Positive : No other city in Bangladesh is as crowded as Dhaka.

Comparative : Dhaka is more crowded than any other city in Bangladesh.

Superlative : Dhaka is the most crowded city in Bangladesh.

14. Positive : No other commercial area of Bangladesh is as busy as Motijheel.

Comparative : Motijheel is busier any other commercial area of Bangladesh.

Superlative : Motijheel is the busiest of all commercial areas of Bangladesh.

15. Positive : Nowadays very few games are as interesting as cricket.

Comparative : Nowadays cricket is more interesting than most other games.

Superlative : Nowadays cricket is one of the most interesting games.

16. Positive : No other king of India is as great as Akbar.

Comparative : Akbar is greater than all other kings of India.

Superlative : Akbar is the greatest of all kings of India.

17. Positive : No other boy in the class is as young as Rubel.

Comparative : Rubel is younger than all other boys in the class.

Superlative : Rubel is the youngest of all boys in the class.

18. Positive : Very few dramas are as popular as Hamlet.

Comparative : Hamlet is more popular than most other dramas.

Superlative : Hamlet is one of the most popular dramas.

19. Positive : As soon as he reached the station, the bus began to run.

Comparative : No sooner had he reached the station than the bus began to run.

20. Positive : He is as strong as a lion.

Comparative : A lion is not stronger than he.

21. Positive : He is as dull as an ass.

Comparative : An ass is not duller than he.

22. Positive : Sumi was not as witty as we expected.

Comparative : Sumi was less witty than we expected.

23. Positive : He does not get as much as he wishes.

Comparative : He gets more than he wishes.

24. Positive : Very few restaurants in Bangladesh are as expensive as Sonargoan.

Comparative : Sonargoan is more expensive than most other restaurants in Bangladesh.

Superlative : Sonargoan is one of the most expensive restaurants in Bangladesh.

25. Positive : No other dramatist is as great as Shakespeare.

Comparative : Shakespeare is greater than any other dramatist.

Superlative : Shakespeare is the greatest of all dramatists.

26. Positive : No other kind of food is as nutritious as milk.

Comparative : Milk is more nutritious than all other kinds of food.

Superlative : Milk is the most nutritious of all kinds of foods.

27. Positive : No other language in the world is as rich as English.

Comparative : English is richer than any other language in the world.

Superlative : English is the richest language in the world.

28. Positive : No other man in the village is as good as he.

Comparative : He is better than any other man in the village.

Superlative : He is the best man in the village.

29. Positive : No other dish on the menu is as cheap as mutton chop.

Comparative : Mutton chop is cheaper than any other dish on the menu.

Superlative :  Mutton chop is the cheapest dish on the menu.

30.  Positive : No other wood burns as pretty as it.

Comparative : It burns prettier than any other wood.

Superlative : It burns the prettiest of any wood.

31. Positive : No other king of India is as great as Akbar.

Comparative : Akbar is greater than all other kings of India.

Superlative : Akbar is the greatest of all kings of India.

32. Positive : No other boy in the class is as young as Rubel.

Comparative : Rubel is younger than all other boys in the class.

 Superlative : Rubel is the youngest of all boys in the class.

33. Positive : Very few dramas are as popular as Hamlet.

Comparative : Hamlet is more popular than most other dramas.

Superlative : Hamlet is one of the most popular dramas.

 Transform from Superlative to Comparative and Positive
A. Superlative: Kazi Nazrul Islam is the best writer. 

Comparative: Kazi Nazrul Islam is better than any other writer. 

Positive: No other writer is as good as Kazi Nazrul Islam.

Cox’s Bazar is the longest sea beach in the world. Swimming is the best exercise. Sundarban is the largest Mangrove forest. Dhaka is the largest city in Bangladesh. Poverty is the greatest problem in our country. It is the largest river in the world.  Corruption is the most dangerous weapon to destroy a society. Their sacrifice is the greatest thing. Illiteracy is the greatest problem in Bangladesh. Books are the greatest friends. Kazi Nazrul Islam was the greatest poet. Nadia is the most dutiful girl in her office. It is the most significant event in the history of Bangladesh. Dhaka is the largest city in Bangladesh. He is the worst boy in the class. Chittagong is the biggest port in Bangladesh. My friend Paul is the best boy in the class. Greenland is the largest island. Kochi is the best port in Kerala. Mount Everest is the highest peak in the world. She is the richest woman in the country. At present cricket is the most popular game in our country. It was the happiest animal in the world. He is the noblest person I have ever found. Dhaka is the largest city in Bangladesh. The Ramadan is the holiest month for the Muslims. Chittagong is the biggest port in Bangladesh. He is the bravest man. The Meghna is the deepest river in our country. This is the latest edition. He is the noblest person I have ever found. It is the most famous school in the town. It burns the prettiest of any wood. Hasib is the best boy I have ever seen. He is the most active person. I think he is the fittest candidate. Air pollution is the worst of any pollution. To cut down trees at random is the most hatelul thing. January is the coldest month in Bangladesh. Jamal is the best boy I have ever found. Mr. Jabber is the most popular teacher. The Padma is the largest river in Bangladesh. Gold is the most precious metal. Sohel is the noblest person I have ever found. Rani is the prettiest girl in the class. The lady was the cleverest woman the writer had ever seen. To do anything against the interest of the country is the most heinous work. Patriotism is the noblest quality of a leader. She is the fattest of any girl in the class. You are the most talkative boy. To remove poverty is the biggest challenge. He is the bravest boy in the class. He is the most sincere boy I have ever found. Cotton is the lighest of any thing.

B. Superlative: A bee is one of the busiest insects.

Comparative: A bee is busier than most other insects.

Positive: Very few insects are as busy as a bee.

It is one of the most important elements. It is one of the most beautiful sea-beaches in the world. He is one of the greatest scientists in the present world. Price hike is one of the biggest problems for them. Toronto is one of the most expensive cities of the world. The Jamuna is one of the biggest rivers in Bangladesh. Mango is one of the sweetest fruits in the world. It is one of the famous schools in our district. It was one of the most memorable journeys in my life. The Padma is one of the biggest rivers in Bangladesh. Price hike is one of the biggest problems for them. It is one of the most beautiful sea beaches in the world. Torento is one of the most expensive cities of the world. The Padma is one of the largest rivers in Bangladesh. River erosion is one of the important causes of diminishing agricultural land. He is one of the happiest men in his locality. It is one of the biggest mangrove forests in the world. Akbar was one of the greatest kings of India. Dhaka is one of the biggest cities in Bangladesh. Gold is one of the most precious metals. Cricket is one of the most popular games in our country. Calcutta is one of the largest cities in India. Satin Tendulkar is one of the best batsmen in the world. This is one of the best solution to the problem. He is one of the most generous persons. This is one of the greatest pictures in the world. She is one of the most skilled workers in the team. Sonargaon is one of the most expensive restaurants. Bhutan is one of the smallest countries in the world. Saudi Arabia is one of the hottest countries in the world. Runa is one of the prettiest girls in the class. This is one of the greatest pictures of the world. This is one of the most beautiful pictures in the exhibition. Bangladesh is one of the smallest countries in the world. He is one of the wisest men in the village. Akbar was one of the greatest kings of this sub-continent.

C. Superlative: The Everest is the highest of all peaks in the world.

Comparative: The Everest is higher than all other peaks in the world.

Positive: No other peaks in the world are as high as the Everest.

Milk is the most nutritious of all kinds of food. The Rose is the best of all flowers. Truthfulness is the greatest of all virtues in a man. Actually at that time he was the wisest of all men. Iron is the most useful of all metals. Imran khan is the greatest of all cricketers. Keats was one of the greatest romantic poets in the world. Keo karadong is the hightest of all peaks in Bangladesh. Maradona is the most famous of all footballers in the world. Bhutan is the smallest of all states in Asia. He is the most intelligent of all students in the class. Rabindranath Tagore is the greatest of all poets in the world. Arabian Nights is the best of all story books. Tashin is the best of all boys in the class. Sami is the smallest of all students in the class. London is the most famous of all cities of the world. A war is the most destructive of all things. The rose is the finest of all flowers. Milk is the most nutritious of all kinds of food. The cow is the most useful of all animals. This forbidden book lasted the longest of all the rests. The porter was the cleverest of all in the company. English is the richest of all languages in the world. Shakespeare is the greatest of all dramatists. Sohel got the highest number of all students in the class. Tigers are the most ferocious of all animals. Australia is the largest of all islands in the world. Grapes are the tastiest of all fruits. This is the sharpest of all knives. The Everest is the highest of all peaks in the world. Winter is the mistiest of all seasons. Milk is the most nutritious of all kinds of food. Iron is the most useful of all metals. Gold is the costliest of all metals. Liza is the proudest of all girls. The porter was the most humorous of all men in the company.

 

 Transform from Comparative to Positive and Superlative
A. Comparative: This shirt is prettier than any other shirt.

Superlative: This shirt is the prettiest shirt.

Positive: No other shirt is as pretty as this shirt.

Rafiq is more perfect than any other spinner in Bangladesh. Dhaka is bigger than any other city in Bangladesh. Chittagong is bigger than any other port in Bangladesh. He is wiser than any other man in the village. Bangladesh is more populous than any other country. Cox’s Bazar is longer than any other sea beach in the world. Corruption is more dangerous than any other weapon to destroy a society. Truthfulness is greater than any other virtue in a man. The Padma is bigger than any other river in Bangladesh. Their sacrifice is greater than any other thing. Illiteracy is greater than any other problem in Bangladesh. Poverty is greater than any other problem. The rose is better than any other flowers. Book is greater than any other thing. At present cricket is more popular than any other games in our country. Nadia is more dutiful than any other girl in her office. Kazi Nazrul was greater than any other poet. Mount Everest is higher than any other peak in the world. This house is bigger than any other house in this street. Unemployment is more serious than any other problem facing our country. He is more important than any other person in the village. A kind man is more soft hearted than any other person. Falsehood is more hateful than any other quality. Abu is idler than any other person. Nazrul Islam is more popular than any other leader. Mr. Zaman is wiser than any other man in the village. It burns prettier than any other wood. He is nobler than any other person. She was better than any other housewife. Rakib is better than any other boy I have ever found. Iron is more useful than any other metal. He is nobler than any other person I have ever found. She is worse than any other girl. Iron is more useful than any other metal. Chittagong is bigger than any other sea port in Bangladesh. She was better than any other housewife. Potato chop was cheaper than any other dish on the menu. The porter was cleverer than any other person in the company. This pen is costlier than any other pen. This is safer than any other place. Summer is drier than any other season in Bangladesh. The Ramadan is holier than any other month for the Muslims. Our English teacher is humbler than any other teacher in the school. Iron is more useful than any other metal. Milk is more nutritious than any other food. He speaks better than any other student.

B.  Comparative: Mango is sweeter than most other fruits in the world.

Superlative: Mango is one of the sweetest fruits in the world.

Positive: Very few fruits in the world are as sweet as mango.

It is more famous than most other schools in our district. At present cricket is more popular than most others games in our country. It was more memorable than most other journeys in my life. It is more populous than most other countries in the world. Price hike is bigger than most other problems for them.  It is more beautiful than most other sea beaches. A bee is busier than most other insects. Torento is more expensive than most other cities of the world. The Jumuna is bigger than most other rivers in Bangladesh. He was happier than most other men in his locality. It is bigger than most other mangrove frosts in the world. Calcutta is bigger than most other cities in India. Imran khan is greater than most other cricketers. Bhutan is smaller than most other states in Asia. He is more intelligent than most other students in the class. The tiger is more ferocious than most other animals. Arabian Nights is better than most other story books. Rabindranath Tagore is greater than most other poets in the world. She is politer than most other girls in the class. Milk is more nutritious than most other foods. His story is more interesting than most other stories. Arabian Nights is better than most other story books. Hamlet is more popular than most other dramas. Saudi Arabia is hotter than most other countries in the world. Fahim is taller than most other boys in the class. Runa is prettier than most other girls in the class. Bhutan is smaller than most other countries in the world. Bangladesh is more fertile than most other lands in the world. Bangladesh is greener than many other countries. Imran Khan is greater than most other cricketers. 

C. Comparative: Dhaka is bigger than all other cities of Bangladesh.

Superlative: Dhaka is the biggest of all cities of Bangladesh.

Positive: No other cities of Bangladesh are as big as Dhaka.

Gold is more precious than all other metals. He is better than all other boys in the class. Keats is greater than all other romantic poets in the world. Keo karadong is higher than all other peaks in Bangladesh. Maradona is more famous than all other footballers in the world. The tiger is more ferocious than all other animals. Tashin is better than all other boys in the class. Sami is smaller than all other students in the class. London is more famous than all other cities of the world. Milk is more nutritious than all other foods. This is more dangerous than all other adventures. It is the most expensive of all hotels. Cancer is deadlier than all other diseases. The Tajmahal is greater than all other wonders of the world. The tiger is more ferocious than all other animals. Strategy is more important than all other things in the examination. Iron is more useful than all other metals. Akbar was greater than all other kings of India. Rubel is younger than all other boys in the class. This is better than all other story books. This forbidden book lasted longer than all the rest. Rubi talks louder than all other girls in the class.

 

 Transform from Positive to Comparative and Superlative
A. Positive: No other writer is as famous as Tagore.

Comparative: Tagore is more famous than any other writer.

Superlative: Tagore is the most famous writer.

No other flowers are as good as the rose. No other problem in our country is so great as poverty. No other hotel is as better as this on in this area. No other thing is so great as their sacrifice. No other virtue in a man life is as great as Truthfulness. No other sea beach in the world is as long as Cox’s Bazer. No other event in the history of Bangladesh is as significant as it. No other girl is as dutiful as Nadi in her office. No other thing is so great as book. No other weapon to destroy a society is so dangerous as corruption. No other problem in Bangladesh is as great as illiteracy. No other poet was as great as Kazi Nazrul Islam. No other city in Bangladesh is so big as Dhaka. No other city in Bangladesh is so large as Dhaka. No other boy in the class is as bad as he. No other man in the village is so wise as he. No other spinner in Bangladesh is as perfect as Rafiq. No other country is as populous as Bangladesh. Actually at that time, no other man is as wise as he. It seemed to the fox that no other animal is as wise as it. At present, no other game is as popular as cricket. No other girl in the class is as fair as Ruma. No other mosque is so large as this. There is no other place as lonely as this. No other food is so nutritous as milk. No other dramatist is as great as Shakespeare. No other woman was as clever as the lady. No other animal is as useful as the cow. No other day is as misty as today. Nothing passes as quick as time. No other boy in the orphange is so good as Rajib. No other city in Bangladesh is so big as Dhaka. No other gift is as fine as this. No other wood burns so pretty as the mango log. No other student is as keen as he. No other food on the menu was so cheap as the potato chop.There is no other person as healthy as he. No other person is as fit as he to do this job. No other person is as wealthy as he. No other story book is so popular as the Arabian Nights.

B. Positive: Very few insects are as busy a bee.

Comparative: A bee is busier than most other insects.

Superlative: A bee is one of the busiest insects.

Very few animals are as ferocious as tiger. Very few pictures of the world are as great as Mona Lisa. Very few cities in India are as large as Calcutta. Very few fruits in the world are as sweet as mango. Very few schools in our district are as famous as it. At present, very few games are as popular as cricket. Very few journeys in my life are so memorable as it.  Very few countries in the world are as populous as it. Very few rivers in Bangladesh are as big as the Padma.  Very few problems are as big as price hike for them. Very few sea beaches are as beautiful as it. Very few insects are as busy as the bee. Very few cities of the world are as expensive as Toronto. Very few rivers in Bangladesh are as big as the Jamuna. Very few elements of all living beings are as important as it. Very few causes of diminishing agricultural land are as important as river erosion. Very few men in his locality are as happy as he. Very few mangrove forests in the world are as big as it. Very few kings of India were as great as Akbar. Very few cities in India are so big as Calcutta. Very few games in Bangladesh are so popular as cricket. Very few metals are as precious as gold. Very few restaurants are so fashionable as Sheraton. Very few persons are as sad as he. This pen is as new as that. Very few boys are so good as Rakib I have ever found. Very few persons are as greedy as he. Very few countries are as green as Bangladesh. Very few pictures in the world are so great as this. Very few metals are as precious as gold. Very few animals are as ferocious as a lion. Very few players in the team are so good as he. Very few restaurants are so expensive as Foyot’s. Very few places are as noisy as this place. Very few persons are as polite as his brother. Very few scenes are as lovely as this. Very few roads are as narrow as this road. Very few girls are as fair as Shaila. Very few persons are as stout as he.

 

Exercises on exceptional rules

Positive Comparative
1.  As soon as No sooner had…verb3….than
2.  as/so…as not less….than
3.  not + as/so…as less….than
4.  not + as/so…as  (both the subjects have to be changed) than

 

a. Positive: As soon as the teacher came, there was silence.

Comparative: No sooner had the teacher come than there was silence.

As soon as he saw, it she showed me. As soon as she heard the news, she burst into tears. As soon as she arrived home, the telephone rang. As soon as we reached the station, the train left. As soon as I reached the station, the train left. As soon as the students came to college, the bell rang. As soon as the thief saw the police, he ran away. As soon as he saw me, he ran away. As soon as we started for college, the rain started. As soon as he saw me, he ran away swiftly. As soon as the police marked the thief, he ran away.

b. Comparative: No sooner had we reached the college than the rain started. 

Positive: As soon as we reached the college, the rain started. 

No sooner had we reached the station than the train left. No sooner had the man seen than he ran away. No sooner had the rain stopped than they left the shelter. No sooner had the thief seen the police than the thief fled away from the spot. No sooner had I stepped out than it started raining. No sooner had I received her call than I left for her place. No sooner had she finished one project than she started the next. No sooner had I eaten the fish than I started feeling sick. No sooner had they completed the work than they demanded the wages. No sooner had I gotten my bags unpacked than I realized that my camera was missing. No sooner had he graduated than he was on his way to America.

c. Positive: James is as intelligent as his brother.

Comparative: James is not less intelligent than his brother.

They were as wise as the Magi. He was as ferocious as a tiger. Your house is as large as mine. James is as good as his brother. Sushmita is as beautiful as Aishwarya. Opu is as tall as Nuru. You are as short as he. They are as stout as we. He is as attentive as Dana. Dana is as smart as Parul. She is as beautiful as her older sister. Jamil is as handsome as Saikat. It is as ugly as a crow. You are as clear as he. You are as sincere as Munna.

d. Comparative: She is not less brilliant than Rina.

Positive: She is as brilliant as Rina.

Jim and Rima were not less wise than Mim. He was not less ferocious than a tiger. Opu is not less tall than Nuru. Bela is not less intelligent than Abul. Sorrow is not less strong than hunger. Oranges are not less cheap than apples. It is not less big than the Buriganga. He is not less good than his brother. London is not less big than Oxford. The cow is not less useful than a donkey. He was not less short than she. Riches are not less important than honesty. E-mail is not less cheap than telex. The cuckoo is not less clever than crow. The cuckoo is less clever than a crow.Her face was not less radiant than the full moon. He is not less intelligent than any other boy.

e. Positive: She is not as beautiful as her older sister.

Comparative: She is less beautiful than her older sister.

Opu is not as tall as Nuru. You aren’t as short as he. They aren’t as stout as we. He is not as attentive as Dana. Dana is not as smart as Parul. Jamal is not as popular as his brother. They were not as talented as Munni. He was not as ferocious as a Lion. Your hair is not so black as mine. Cure is not so good as prevention. Honesty is not as much as it. A sick moneyed man is not as happy as a healthy poor man. Bela is not as intelligent as Abul. Sorrow is not as strong as hunger. Your watch is not so cheap as mine.  Riches are not so important as honesty. This pen is not as fine as mine. A bird cannot fly so fast as a plane. The rice of Barisal is not as fine as that of Dinajpur.  He is not as ugly as you said. He is not as intelligent as this boy. Rahul is not as good a singer as a writer. Sameer was not as strong before as he is now. It is not as easy to practise as to preach. A foolish friend is not as good as a wise enemy. These fruits are not as fresh as those. I have not seen any person as cruel as he. Her handwriting is not as clumsy as yours.  A string of pearls was not so bright as her teeth. She is not as ugly as you said. A gazelle’s eyes were not so bright as hers. Iron is not as light as cotton. Nipa is not as dull as Seema. Your pen is not so fine as his. A lily was not so white as her forehead.  Honesty is not as much as it. Dishonour is not as preferable as death. Your face was not as bright as his. Autumn in Bangladesh is not as warm as summer. You are not as slow as he.I do not write English so correctly as he. I do not know any person as humble as he. I did not see anything as black as this. A lion is not braver than he.Your hands are not as big as hers. My shirt is dirtier than yours. Your watch was more valuable than his. He is less stupid than his brother He writes better than his brother. She speaks faster than her sister. He is not so stupid as his brother. You do not know him more than I. The days in the winter are foggier than those of other seasons.

f. Comparative: A mobile phone is more useful than a computer.

Positive: A computer is not as useful as a mobile phone.

Cancer is more dreadful than cholera. London is bigger than Oxford.  A pen is mightier than a sword. A healthy poor man is happier than a sick moneyed man. Prevention is better than cure. Oranges are cheaper than apples. It is bigger than the Buriganga. E-mail is cheaper than telex. Health is greater than wealth. The cow is more useful than the goat. Peter is cleverer than Rana. Health is more important than wealth. Blood is thicker than water. An ocean is certainly bigger than a sea.  He is taller than Maruf. He is more intelligent than this boy. His new book is more interesting than his earlier books. I am more interested than Rani in cricket. Nothing is more ferocious than anger.  A wise enemy is better than a foolish friend.  Rahul is a better writer than a singer. Some people have more money than brains. Your handwriting is clumsier than hers. You are older than I. Sumi’s hair is curlier than Suma’s. His room is tidier than yours.  He is lovelier than very few persons. She is prouder than her sister. Her teeth were brigther than a string of pearls. He is wealthier than his brother. This ghee is purer than that. Her eyes were more lustrous than a gazelle’s.  Village life is quieter than city life.

g. Comparative: Subash balls faster than Ashoke. 

Positive: Ashoke does not ball as fast as Subash.

Migratory birds run faster than the dove. A train runs faster than a bus. Television presents more informative news than radio. He speaks more fluently than I speak.Sudha sings better than she dances. I arrived earlier than you.Arif knows English more than you.

h. Comparative: This pony is better trained than that one.

Positive:That pony is not as good trained as this one.

This sum is more difficult than that one. This dress is as pretty as that one. This flower is more beautiful than that one. This house is bigger than that one. This book is longer than that one. This story is more beautiful than that one.This painting is more attractive than that one. This house is bigger than that one. This knife is sharper than that one. This road is muddier than that one.

i. Comparative:My job is worse than yours.

Positive: Your job is not as bad as mine.

His eyes are bluer than mine. My brother’s handwriting is worse than mine. He drives slower than his wife does. The problems seemed easier than yours. The roads of Dhaka are more spacious than that of Satkhira. The rice of Barisal is not so fine as that of Dinajpur.

 

Exceptional rules

Superlative     : She is not the best girl in the class.

Positive          : Few other girls are as good as she.

Comparative  : She is not better than many other girls in the class.

Positive Comparative
a.       I would as soon die as injure you. I would die sooner than injure you.
b.       He is as intimate to me as to you. He is not more intimate to you than to me.
c.       There is no mystery as great as misery. Misery is greater than any other mystery.
d.       He is at least as competent as any other man. He is not less competent than any other man.
e.       Your book is as heavy as mine. My book is not heavier than yours.
f.         I have never seen so beautiful a pearl as this. I have never seen a pearl more beautiful than this.
g.       There are as many as fifty boys. There are no fewer than fifty boys.