Comparatives and superlatives are features of English that allow us to compare one thing to another. To make the comparative, say "more happy" or "happier". To make the superlative, say "the most happy" or "happiest".
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- if this is grammer why is david teaching us made up words like blarfy and dosa scomp. lol(3 votes)
- so pretty much superlative means that something is the most or least of something while comparitive talks about a comparison(6 votes)
- What is a modifier? I had a state test a while ago and oneof the questions asked me something about a dangling modifier and I did not know what it was. Can somebody please help?(3 votes)
- A modifier is a word that conditions or changes another word in some way. For example: "Jesus loves pizza." There are no modifiers in that sentence. But let's try "Jesus loves pepperoni pizza." In that sentence, "pepperoni" modifies "pizza".
Now, a dangling modifier is one that either modifies nothing in the sentence, or is left "dangling" out there unattached to a particular thing. Here's the instruction page from Purdue University, a little school in Indiana, that should help you. https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/mechanics/dangling_modifiers_and_how_to_correct_them.html(1 vote)
- why do we put "--er" or "--est" when "most" or "more" already shows comparison?
why don't we put "--er" or "--est" when we use "less" or "least"?(2 votes)
- Try saying them super fast: "more-est" almost sounds like "most" and "less-est" kind of sounds like "least"
So - a long time ago - the "-est" was added to show comparison, but the sound just blended in with the rest of the word. And over time, the spelling of the word was adjusted to reflect how it sounded.
Hope this helps!(9 votes)
- Why we can't say less happier instead of less happy(2 votes)
- WHY would you use it?! When you say "less", you are already using a comparative degree. So, I guess you won't like to waste your time, energy or your ink by uselessly adding a second comparative by making it happier instead of happy. You know, every moment of your life is precious. Don't waste it on adding two comparatives when you can work perfectly well with only one. Just use less happy or simply sadder.
Hope it helped :)(7 votes)
- Is "super much more" even a sentence?(3 votes)
- No. This is not a sentence. And even as a group of words, it's rather poorly put together.(3 votes)
- but why are you teaching this to us?(1 vote)
- This is being taught so that learners will be able to use the comparative and superlative correctly, and not make mistakes of usage which will make them appear uneducated when they type posts into their facebook accounts or write for newspapers and magazines.(4 votes)
- Without the subtitles its very difficult to understand the definitions that David is telling us.
Do you guys conduct online classes cause I want to study with David 1 to 1??(2 votes)
- 1) So, turn on the closed captions.
2) Khan Academy does not conduct one on one classes, even if you pay for them. This is free. Enjoy it that way.(2 votes)
- Could you say Cesar is the least happiest(2 votes)
- Yes, you could, but it would be grammatically incorrect. 'Least happy' is a more grammatically correct to say.(1 vote)
- Shouldn't the "super greater than" be >>>, not <<<?(1 vote)
- I believe the correct adverb for modifying "greater' would more likely be "much" instead of "super".
Consider: "President Lincoln was much greater than President Fillmore."(4 votes)
- [Voiceover] SO we've got these three penguins, grammarians we've got Raúl, who you may remember from his sweet mohawk, we've got Cesar and we've got Gabriela. Three magellanic penguins from Argentina. And they are all different amounts of happy. Cesar is a medium amount of happy, Raúl is more happy, and Gabriela is the most happy. And in English, we have a way to compare these. To compare Raúl to Cesar. To compare Raúl to Gabriela, or any combination thereof. We call these comparative and superlative adjectives. And before I get too into the weeds on that, let me just show you what that looks like. So we can say Raúl, let me put in the accent, Raúl is a happy penguin. He's go all the fish he wants, life is good. Raúl is happier than Cesar. This is what we call a comparative, because we're comparing Raúl to Cesar, and we're comparing their happiness levels. And Raúl has more happiness in him than Cesar does. Poor Cesar. However, Gabriela is the happiest penguin. Ta-da. The happiest is something that we call superlative in English. So it's not just a comparison. It's not Raúl is happier than Cesar. Gabriela is happier than all the other penguins. She is the happy-est, she is the happiest, she is the most happy. So one way to think about this is that Raúls happiness is slightly larger than Cesars happiness, but Gabriela's happiness is double plus, is unbeatably more than both of them. I'm gonna use a made up math symbol. Boom boom boom, like super greater than undisputed, she is the happiest penguin. Because the comparative is the same thing as saying more. The comparative equals more, and the superlative equals most. So this is slightly more, this is super much more. And something that's neat about English is that you can use the comparative and superlative for both positive relationships and also negative relationships. So we could say Raúl is a happy penguin, and we can say Raúl is happier than Cesar. We can also say Cesar is less happy than Raúl. So this is comparative but it's going the other way. Right. Cesar is less happy than Raúl. So then we use the less than symbol. Gabriela is the happiest penguin, and so for this group of three, Cesar is the least happy. So you can use the comparative and the superlative forms of adjectives to compare relationships where one thing is more or most than another or others, or relationships where one thing is less or least than others. That's how the comparative and superlative work, but if you stick around for the next video, I'm gonna talk about how to figure out, how to form the comparative and superlative when you're looking at a word you've never seen before, like, what if we made up a word, like like blarfy. What do you do with that? Well, you'll find out next time. In the meantime, you can learn anything. David out.