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Comparative Constructions In English

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This chapter deals with comparative constructions in the author's dialect of educated British English. It begins with consideration of the form of the index of comparison, and the conditions for using more or -er or either. The chapter then discusses comparison of adverbs, and of the superlative index with both adjectives and adverbs. It also describes the syntax of comparative constructions. The constructions just discussed have included intransitive and transitive clauses. The chapter also examines the comparison of copula clauses, which shows a rather different grammar. Finally, the chapter briefly mentions inherently comparative expressions, and the verb compare.

Keywords: adjectives; British English; clauses; comparative adverbs; comparative constructions; superlative adverbs; verb

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