Using Adverbs and Adjectives Correctly

Adverb Forms of Adjectives

Adjectives modify or describe nouns.

Adverbs modify or describe verbs, adjectives, and adverbs.  Most adjectives have an adverb form.

You can usually create an adverb by adding "ly" to an adjective.

If the adjective ends in "ll," just add "y."

If the adjective ends in "y," the rules are different depending on the number of syllables in the word.  For adjectives with more than one syllable, remove the "y" and add "ily."

If the adjective has only one syllable, just add "ly.”

There are two exceptions to the rule.  The adjective "gay" becomes "gaily."  The other exception is the adverb "daily," which doesn't really have an adjective form.

Adjectives ending in "ic" form an adverb by adding "ally."

There are also many irregular adjectives and adverbs.

Comparative and Superlative Forms

Most adjectives and adverbs have comparative forms (bigger, better, more careful) and superlatives forms (biggest, best, most careful).

Use the comparative form when you are comparing two things.

Use the superlative form to compare three or more things.

Absolute Values

Some adjectives and adverbs are absolute.  Do not use comparatives or superlatives with absolutes.  "Perfect" is an absolute.  Something cannot be "more perfect" than something else.  "Unique" is also absolute.  Something is unique, or it isn't.  Nothing can be "more unique" than something else.

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