Grammar Menu
Choosing Words Correctly

This page was composed by a credentialed teacher in California who loves Jesus. "The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus." 1 Timothy 1:14

Directions: Move the arrow over or touch each highlighted word or segment and look for a definition or explanation in the box.
Note: Quotes with Jesus speaking are referenced in red.

Comparative Adjectives

Comparative adjectives are used when comparing two persons or things.
A comparative adjective modifies an adjective and expresses that something or someone is "more" than the other in a comparison of two persons or things.

Add er to the end of most one syllable adjectives to make a comparative, or use more before most adjectives with two or more syllables.
If there are two syllables with a "y" at the end of the adjective, replace the "y" with "i" and add er.

In the following example er is added to the adjective great:

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

The comparative form of the adjective good is better and is used to indicate someone or something surpassing another:

I saw that wisdom is better than folly, just as light is better than darkness. Ecclesiastes 2:13.

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. ....I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that remain in the body.
Phil 1 21-24

It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.
Psalm 118:8.

For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom
1 Corinthians 1:25.


Superlative adjectives are used when comparing three or more persons or things.
Add est to most one syllable adjectives.
Add est when there are two syllables with a "y" at the end.
Most precedes a two-syllable adjective without a "y" at the end, and if the adjective has more than two syllables.

Jesus was asked,

"Of all the commandments, which is the most important?"
Mark 12:28
Jesus answered,
"The most important one is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these." Mark 12: 29-31.

Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:4.

Bible Verse of the Day

Back to Top | Home | Copyright 2007 The Bible Teaches.