Weld's English Grammar (1858)

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 188 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ...OF ADJECTIVES. 354. A quality in one object is often spoken of in comparison with the same quality in the same object, or in some other object. EXAMPLES. The same quality in three different objects may be compared as follows: Iron is hard; hardness is a quality in iron. Steel is harder than iron; hardness is a quality in steel, but this quality ex igts in a higher degree in steel than in iron. Diamond is the hardest of the three; hardness is a quality in diamond, but this quality exists in a higher degree than it does either in iron or steel. The same qualily in three different persons may be compared as follows. A wise man; a wiser man than he; the wisest man of the three, or of all. A good man; a better man than he; the best man of the three, or of all. A great man; a greater man than he; the greatest man of the three, or of all. The boy was mischievous at home, more mischievous at school, but the most miechitams at church. 355. Comparison is the variation of an adjective to denote the same quality in different degrees. 356. There are three principal degrees of comparison, called the positive, the comparative, and the superlative. 357. The positive denotes the simple quality, without specifying the degree of it; as, Mild, great. 358. The comparative denotes a higher state of the same quality than the positive; as, Milder, greater. 359. The superlative denotes a higher or lower state of the same quality than that expressed by the comparative; as, Mildest, greatest. BEGOT-AR COMPARISON. 360. Adjectives of one syllable are commonly compared by annexing-to the positive, er for the comparative, and est for the superlative. 361. When the positive ends in silent e, it drops the e on receiving the endings er and est. 362. The final consonant of certain...

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