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More and Most

Sep 1, 2022
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More  

It is used to compare things.  

It is used to talk about a greater amount or number. 

  • Alan has more toys than Joey. 
  • Ted should sleep more than just 6 hours. 
  • Suzanna needs more time to complete her assignment.  

More can mean ‘again’. 

  • Ben! Can you do it once more? 
  • Do you want to go there any more. 
  • We don’t want to go there any more. 

Most 

It is used as a superlative form, i.e. it is used to indicate the greatest in quantity, number, etc. 

We usually add ‘the’ with ‘most’ during comparisons. 

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  • Among the students, Alex won the most awards. 
  • Clara picked the most oranges. 

‘The’ is not used, when there are no comparisons.  

  • Most Americans understand Spanish. 
  • Most children love chocolate. 

Most can mean very. 

  • This is the most interesting movie that everyone should watch.  

Comparative and Superlative 

Note: More is a comparative degree and most is a superlative degree. Hence it is difficult to maneuver through this lesson plan without briefly mentioning them. 

Comparatives  

  • They are used to compare things. 
  • Cats are faster than mice. 
  • Science is more difficult than math. 

Superlatives  

  • They are used to denote things of highest quality or degree. The elephant is the largest mammal on land. 
  • Mathis the most difficult subject for Judith. 

How to use Comparative and Superlatives 

For adjectives with one syllable, add er and est. Sometimes the spelling changes. Don’t forget ‘the’ for the superlative. 

  • I’m taller than my sister. My brother is the tallest in my family. 
  • My bed is bigger than my sister’s bed. Our parents’ bed is the biggest bed in the house. 
  • Social studies is easier than science. Arts is the easiest subject. 

For adjectives with two or more syllables, use more and most.  

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  • Abu’s story is more fascinating than Mia’s.  
  • Abu’s the most fascinating in the world. 

Then there are words where using More and Most or adding suffixes such as ‘er’, ‘ier’, ’‘est’, etc. don’t work.  

Irregular Comparatives and Superlatives 

They are as follows: 

Irregular Comparatives and Superlatives 
  • This is the worst hotel I’ve have ever dined in.  
  • She can play basketball better than Tony. 
  • This is the least expensive earrings in the shop 
  • I worked hard yesterday. But I worked even harder today. 

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