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Expert System - Adjectives

Expert System - How to Change an Adjective to a Comparative or Superlative

 

This page has a program for helping you change an adjective into a comparative adjective (e.g. big > bigger) or a superlative adjective (e.g. big > biggest).

Rules to make an adjective into a comparative adjective:

  • Adjectives with one syllable add '_er' or '_ier'; e.g. 'hard' > 'harder'. ( A syllable is a sound in a word. Many dictionaries use a dot ¡P to divide words into syllables; e.g. 'beau¡Pti¡Pful' has three syllables.)
  • Adjectives with three or more syllables have 'more' in front; e.g. 'beau¡Pti¡Pful' > 'more beautiful'.
  • Adjectives with two syllables add '_ier' if they end in 'y'; e.g. 'si¡Plly' > 'sillier'.

Rules to make an adjective into a superlative adjective:

  • Adjectives with one syllable add '_est' or '_iest'; e.g. 'hard' > 'hardest'.
  • Adjectives with three or more syllables have 'most' in front; e.g. 'beau¡Pti¡Pful' > 'most beautiful'.
  • Adjectives with two syllables add '_iest' if they end in 'y'; e.g. 'si¡Plly' > 'silliest'.

Spelling:
Words ending in consonant - vowel - consonant double the final letter before the _er or _est; e.g. big > bigger > biggest.
Words ending in 'e' just add 'r' or 'st'; e.g. wide > wider > widest.
Words ending in 'y' change the 'y' to 'i'; e.g. easy > easier > easiest.

Here is the program. Type the adjective into the first box, the number of syllables it has into the second, and then choose whether you want a comparative or superlative:

Type the adjective you want to change into this box:
Type the number of syllables in the adjective here:
(Click here to listen to the word to hear how many syllables it has.)
Which do you want?  Comparative: or Superlative:

Press this button to make your comparative or superlative

Your adjective has become:

Explanation:

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Last updated on: Monday, March 26, 2012
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