Spiffing y'all up, one typo at a time
Who’s the smartest grammar blogger of them all? Really, you don’t have to answer that. I already know how you feel about me. That’s just my little (only child) egocentric way of introducing today’s topic: comparatives and superlatives.
Do ya know the difference between the two? Is one “better” than the other? You very likely know that when two things are being compared, you use the comparative. The comparative form of an adjective usually ends in -er or is used with “more.” When more than two things are being compared, that calls for the superlative (-est or “most”). I know that you get that . . .
But, in the heat of the action, in the middle of a long sentence buried deep in a paragraph, it’s often hard to remember if you’re talking about ONLY TWO THINGS or MORE THAN TWO THINGS. I understand; I always go back when I’ve made a comparison and check to be sure.
I recently heard a major drug commercial saying “You can get our Magic Pill in capsule or tablet form. Talk to your doctor and find out which option is BEST for you.” I am happy to chat with my doc; I like him very much. But I’ve recorded and rewatched that commercial 15 times and I can’t figure out what my third choice is: capsule, tablet, or ??. I’m thinking it was just a poor word choice (somebody needed an editor).
I am often asked what my “youngest” daughter’s name is or how my “oldest” daughter is doing in volleyball. I’m happy to share plenty of info about them, as long as you’ll remember that I only have two: a younger one and an older one.
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