Alternative changes in degrees

Basically, degrees have three types — Positive, comparative, and superlative degrees. And, these types or forms are changeable or can be changed alternatively. In this blog, I am going to explain the alternative changes in degrees.

Conversion from positive to comparative

  1. No other in positive is replaced by any other in the comparative degrees.

~ No other  = any other

  • Very few in the positive degree is replaced by most other in the comparative.

~ Very few  = most other.

  • In the comparative degrees, plural form of nouns are preferred.

~ Very few  or most other.

  • In the positive degree, singular auxiliary is used after plural noun.
  • Same pattern is applicable when we change the degrees from comparative to positive degree.
  • No other nation in the world is as diverse as India — positive degree.
  • India is more diverse than any other nations in the world.
  • Very few places on the earth are as cold as Antarctica– positive degree.
  • Antarctica is colder than most other places on the earth.

Conversion from positive to superlative

While changing positive degree into superlative, one must understand that “No other” is converted into “The + superlative forms”, and “Very few” is changed into “One of the + superlative forms” of adjectives.

Furthermore, in the one of the sentence of superlative degree, singular form of auxiliary is used.

  • No other nation in the world is as diverse as India — positive degree.
  • India is the most diverse nation in the world.
  • Very few places on the earth are as cold as Antarctica — positive degree.
  • Antarctica is one of the coldest places on the earth.

Conversion from Comparative to superlative

In changing comparative degree into superlative forms, “Than any other” is replaced by “The + superlative forms of adjectives”; whereas, “Than most other” is changed into “One of the + superlative forms of adjectives”.

In the subjective degree, singular form of auxiliary is used in both types of sentences.

  • India is more diverse than any other nations in the world — comparative degree.
  • India is the most diverse nation in the world.
  • Antarctica is colder than most other places on the earth — comparative degree.
  • India is one of the most diverse nations in the world.

Same rules are applicable when we change superlative degree into positive or comparative forms.

Adverbial complements

Sentence formation processes

Preposition of time and place

Examples of as soon as and no sooner than

Difference between noun and adjective clause

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