Every day people compare things, places and people. You compare things and objects with certain words like as, more, or less, etc. This comparison is called "comparison form". In grammar, a comparison is an adjective or adverb form that is used to make a comparison between two nouns such as people, places, or things, to describe actions (verbs) or the words that describe verbs (other adverbs).
For example in The Excerpt. "Have some more tea," said the March Hare very seriously to Alice. " I haven't had anything yet, "replied Alice offended," so I can't take any more. "" You mean I can't take less, "said the hatter." It's very easy to take more than nothing. “(Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll) Notice that all of the underlined words in the lines above are comparative.
Characteristics of comparison means
A syllable comparisons / adjectives
A syllable comparisons are made by adding "-er" to the basic form of the adjective or monosyllabic adverb. For example:
This dress is lighter than this dress.
They can reach higher than us.
Two-syllable comparatives / adjectives
Two-syllable comparatives / adjectives are formed by replacing "-y" with "-ier", if the basic form of a two-syllable comparative ends in "-y". For example:
She is more fun than you.
Two, three or more syllables Comparatives / Adjectives
These comparisons are made by adding “more” or “less” before the three syllable adjectives or adverbs that end in “-ly”. For example:
This book is more expensive than that book
Play better now that you are an adult
Common use of comparatives
This house is better than that
They seem happier
Today the stores are fuller than yesterday
The English lessons are more enjoyable than the lessons math.
She is taller than her sister.
Examples of comparisons in the literature
Example No. 1: Right, Ho, Jeeves (from P.Wodehouse)
“He had looked like a dead fish there at the mercy of the wind and tides. “
In this example, the comparison is shown as“ deaf ”underlined. This is an adjective or a comparison with a syllable with "-er" added at the end.
Example 2: I mature when I am dead (by Dave Barry)
"[W] we learned something important. Lessons from sport. For example, I learned that even though I wasn't as tall or fast or strong or coordinated as the other kids, I would work really hard - if I gave 100 percent and never quit - I would still be smaller, slower, weaker and less coordinated than the other children. “
This is another good example of a comparison with one syllable and two or more syllables. The adjectives with one syllable are "small", "slow" and "weak". The example of a comparison with two or more syllables is “less coordinated. "
Example # 3: Lost Worlds (by Michael Bywater)
" Draft beer ... was poured randomly, went everywhere, and always ran out. But in its benign glow, the music sounded better, the lights were softer, the girls more beautiful and potentially giving in, self more manly, the friendliest friends, the darkest night, the brightest stars, the fullest moon, the warmer air, the later hour, the brighter future, the aching present with that particular adolescent promise that doesn't need to be fulfilled to make it miraculous. "
This excerpt presents an excellent example of all kinds of comparatives, the comparatives of a syllable include "better", "softer", "darker", "brighter", "fuller", "warmer" and "posterior. "Two syllable comparatives are" more manly "and" friendlier. Two or more than two comparative syllables include "more beautiful." He recognized Edgar Demarnay. They had not met in several years. An Edgar getting fatter, grosser, and older, but Edgar still, with his big pink baby face and thick lips and thick short fluffy hair now pale gray instead of pale gold. "
There are three comparisons in this example : "fatter", "thicker" and "older." Through the comparisons given, the author has described the physical characteristics of a character, Edgar.
Function of comparatives
The basic function of comparatives is to make a comparison between two people or things. They help define and describe people, things, and actions. When comparing two things, in fact, the comparatives highlight the good or bad qualities of the two things that are. compared and allow the audience to see it. In addition, they provide a better understanding of things and people.
Popular Literary Devices
- Ad Hominem
- Deus Ex Machina
- Double Entendre
- Flash Forward
- Half Rhyme
- Internal Rhyme
- Line Break
- Non Sequitur
- Pathetic Fallacy
- Poetic Justice
- Point of View
- Red Herring
- Tragic Flaw