degree of comparison
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- (linguistics, grammar) A form of an adjective that indicates a different degree of the attribute the adjective denotes; the positive, comparative and superlative forms.
- 1820, James Brown, An American Grammar, page 43:
- The word red is an adjective, in the dogmatical or positive degree of comparison.
- 1833, Joseph Hervey Hull, English Grammar, by Lectures, page 55:
- There are commonly reckoned three degrees of comparison, namely: the positive, comparative and superlative; though, strictly speaking, there are but two degrees, the positive being merely the state of the adjective itself.
- 1851, Goold Brown, Samuel U. Berrian (editor), The Grammar of English Grammars, 10th Edition, page 285,
- Among the degrees of comparison, some have enumerated equality; as when we say, "It is as sweet as honey."
- 2007, Rodney J. Decker, Koine Greek Reader: Selections from the New Testament, Septuagint, and Early Christian Writers, page 205:
- The degrees of comparison possible are: positive (big), comparative (bigger), superlative (biggest), and elative (very big).
form of an adjective
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