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The grammatical category which expresses the degree to which some quality is present. English adjectives and adverbs commonly distinguish three degrees: the positive (the basic form), the comparative (expressing a higher degree than is present in something else) and the superlative (expressing a maximal degree).
The comparative is formed with '-er' or with more. The superlative is formed with '-est' or with most. Short words like tall and short tend to prefer –er and –est; longer ones like beautiful and carefully take more and most.
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