Adjectives – English Grammar Shortcut Rules
Sizes : big, small, large, thin, thick
Shapes : triangular, round, square, circular
Colors : black, blue, white, green, red
Personality : happy, sad, angry, depressed
Time : Yearly , monthly, annually
Ages : new, young, old, brand-new, second-hand
Sounds : Loud, noisy, quiet, silent
Tastes : juicy, sweet
Qualities : good, bad, mediocre
Shortcut Rule 1 : In a comparision, the conjunction ‘than’ should be followed by ‘any other’. If a person / thing is compared with any other person / thing among some / many.
Mumbai is greater than any city in India. ☓
Mumbai is greater than any other city in India. ✔
Shortcut Rule 2 : In comparisons, the monosyllable words like “hot / easy / tall / small” should not be used with more / most.
This question is more easier than that. ✔
This question is easier than that. ✔
He is more taller than Kumar. ☓
He is taller than Kumar. ✔
Shortcut Rule 3 : Elder / Eldest should be used with the members of the same family. Older/ Oldest these comparative adjective denote the age of person / thing.
Ex : He is elder to me. (He and me belong to one family).
Ronald Reagan was the oldest person elected to the Presidency in US history (Not specifying a family)
This is the eldest tree in the garden ☓
This is the oldest tree in the garden. ✔
Shortcut Rule 4 : While comparing the objects, we should see that a noun is compared with another but not with some other word.
The population of Hyderabad is greater than Nagpur ☓
The population of Hyderabad is greater than that of Nagpur (OR) ✔
The population of Hyderabad is greater than the population of Nagpur. ✔
The climate of Ooty is better than Chennai. ☓
The climate of Ooty is better than that of Chennai. ✔