Irregular Adjectives: Definition & Examples

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  • 0:04 Intro to Adjectives
  • 0:32 Forms of Adjectives
  • 1:16 Normal Adjectives
  • 1:56 Irregular Adjectives
  • 2:50 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

In this lesson, we will examine irregular adjectives by looking at some examples of both normal and irregular adjectives in regular, comparative, and superlative form.

Intro to Adjectives

The great comedian Robin Williams once said, 'I used to think that the worst thing in life was to end up alone. It's not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel alone.'

The adjective 'worst' in this quote is used to compare being alone to every other thing that could happen to someone. It is an example of an irregular superlative adjective. In order to understand irregular adjectives, let's begin by learning about typical adjectives and their forms.

Forms of Adjectives

Adjectives come in three forms: regular, comparative, and superlative. The regular adjective describes one noun. For example, 'Mr. Sissons is a great teacher.' The adjective 'great' describes one teacher. The comparative form of an adjective compares two nouns to each other. For example, 'Mr. Sissons is a greater teacher than Miss Wayne.' Since two teachers are being compared to each other, the comparative form of the adjective, 'greater,' is used. The superlative form of an adjective compares more than two things. For example, 'Mr. Sissons is the greatest teacher at Madison Elementary School.' Since Mr. Sissons is being compared to every teacher in the school, the superlative form of the adjective, 'greatest,' is used.

Normal Adjectives

The typical way to change an adjective to its comparative form is by adding '-er' at the end of the adjective or by adding the word 'more' before the adjective. Normally, an adjective is changed to its superlative form by adding '-est' to the end of the adjective or by adding the word 'most' before the adjective. Look at this chart for examples of normal adjectives in all of their forms:

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