Check Your English: Basic Rules about Comparative Adverbs

If you follow our blog, you could see that by now we have discussed almost all basic aspects of English language. However, we have not yet examined comparative adverbs. This topic is very important, because we use adverbs and their comparative forms all the time in our writing. How much do you know about comparative adverbs? If you are ready to check your knowledge of basic rules about comparative adverbs, then read on.

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Adverbs: Definition and Functions

First of all, let us refresh some knowledge of adverbs, before we proceed to revising their comparative forms. Many people pay little attention to the way they use adverbs in their writing and this mistake can cost them a lot. So don’t think that it is unimportant part of English grammar that doesn’t deserve your attention and time. Remember that good writing skills are essential for any business.

Adverbs are words that used to modify other words in a sentence. There are different types of adverb that perform various kinds of modifications. As a rule, adverbs are created from adjectives, by adding –ly at the end. However not all of them derive from adjectives. The best way to understand adverbs and their purpose is to look at the functions they perform, such as:

  • Modifying a verb (slowly went up, quietly said);
  • Informing how, when, where or how often something happens (almost fell down, regularly called);
  • Modifying adjectives (very smart, too thin);
  • Modifying other adverbs (very well, extremely hard).

Features of Comparative Adverbs

Although, comparative adverbs perform the same functions as regular adverbs, their main purpose is different, which is to compare. In addition, comparative adverbs possess some distinguishing features that set them aside of the rest of adverbs. Let us review these features in order to understand what comparative adverbs are and why we need them.

Features of comparative adverbs:

  • Comparing two or more people, objects, ideas, etc. (Summer is hotter than Spring);
  • Showing a degree of comparison. It means that an adverb helps not only to compare two objects, but to express a degree at which certain quality prevails;
  • Expressing comparison of equality by adding the word ‘as’ (He drives as fast as his father);
  • Some adverbs never form a comparative form, such as: never, there, now, sometimes, first, yesterday, again, daily, and then;
  • Comparative adverbs don’t only used with pares of words, but can also be combined with phrases or clauses (She danced more confidently in front of the mirror, than she did on stage);

How to Form Comparative Adverbs

Are you so sure you know everything about creating comparative forms of adverbs? Let’s read the below rules and check your knowledge. If after reading you realize that there was a gap in your grammar, it is still not too late to improve. Otherwise, you can always rely on our editors to fix all the mistakes you make in your papers. There is nothing wrong in using professional editing services. It only shows that you care about people who are going to read your paper in the future. Moreover, using Royal Editing assistance you will also be able to learn from your own mistakes, because you will receive your edited paper with track changes.

Luckily to all of us, adverbs and their comparatives form are not the most complicated part of English grammar. Thus if you follow these rules, you can be confident that your usage of comparative adverbs is flawless.

Ways to form a comparative adverb:

  • To form a comparative and superlative adverb that was created from an adjective and ends in –ly, you will only need to add a one word before it. These words are more and most. Let’s illustrate it with examples.





more loudly

most loudly


more carefully

most carefully


more neatly

most neatly

  • Short types of adverbs without –ly at the end, form comparative forms the same way adjectives do. You will just need to add er and the estat the end of the adverb.













  • In some of the cases, you will need to place the words more or less before the adverb to form a comparative form. For example:

She would have to express her thoughts more clearly if she wants to get a good grade;

He spoke less honestly after they punished him last time.

  • Almost as any other rule of English grammar, this one also has its exceptions. Not all adverbs, either they are short or end with –ly, can form comparative forms following the same rules. There are some adverbs that are called irregular adverbs and they have their own comparative forms. Luckily, the list of such irregular adverbs is quiet short and you will be able to memorize it with no effort.



















Taking into consideration all these rules, you can see that there is nothing difficult about forming comparative adverbs. However, if you still have some questions regarding adverbs or any other grammar concepts, you are welcome to contact us any time you like. Our customer support works around the clock, as well as most of our editors. Royal Editing is not only a great way to correct your papers, but it is also a fantastic opportunity to improve your grammar knowledge and writing skills. Our blog is updated daily and you can subscribe to receive our exclusive professional tips absolutely for free. Moreover, you can use our blog as a source of new ideas and writing inspiration, because we also offer you free samples of essays. If you ever have problems with writing or grammar, Royal Editing will be happy to give you a hand.