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Editing Comparison-Contrast Essays

After making the large-scale improvements of revision, you can focus on specific words and punctuation marks. The following activities will help you correctly use comparative and superlative modifiers and punctuate compound sentences. You'll also find a checklist to help you catch any errors in punctuation, capitalization, spelling, usage, and grammar.

Editing Comparatives and Superlatives

Modifiers have special forms that help you compare topics. A comparative adjective can show which of two topics is bigger, faster, less messy, or more cost-effective. A superlative adjective can show which of three or more topics is biggest, fastest, least messy, or most cost-effective. Add er to most one-syllable words to make the comparative form, and add est to make the superlative form.

Most One-Syllable Adjectives

Positive

deep

old

strange

Comparative

deeper

older

stranger

Superlative

deepest

oldest

strangest

For most adjectives of two syllables or more, add more or less for comparative forms and most or least for superlative forms. (Note that some two-syllable adjectives can still take er and est.)

This lesson is a part of the Writing Comparison-Contrast Essays unit.

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