Grammar Rule #3: Some ADJECTIVES have irregular forms for making comparisons.
These are so commonly used that you need to memorize them:
adjective 2 items compared 3+ items compared
good better best
well better best
bad worse worst
ill worse worst
many more most
much more most
Both good and well refer to having a positive quality, as well as to positive health.
She is a good pianist. She is better than her brother. In fact, she’s the best pianist in her school.
She feels good because she took an antacid. Her stomach feels better now than an hour ago. She feels best of all when she eats chocolate.
It is well that you go. It’s better that you go now instead of later. It’s best of all to never return.
Sam is finally well. He is better this year than last. He is the best he’s ever been.
Fido is a bad dog. He is worse than my cat. In fact, he is the worst dog in obedience school.
I was ill yesterday. I feel worse today than yesterday. This is the worst I’ve felt all week.
Many is used with plural countable nouns, whereas much is used with plural uncountable nouns.
Many kids chew gum. As a result, more kids have cavities than freckles. Like their classmates, most kids don’t go to a dentist.
There is much disagreement about school lunches. More disagreement happens with parents than children. The most disagreement is about free lunches.
Grammar Challenge: Your Turn! Which word is correct?
1. You are the (worse, worst) friend I have!
2. Johnny is a (good, better) baby for taking that nap.
3. I don’t have (many hopes, much hope) for this election.
4. In high school, Sam got his (worse, worst) grade in music.
5. I’m feeling (good, well) today.
6. It is (better, best) to give than to receive.
(Answers are below.)
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2. good (no comparison is made)
3. much hope
5. either good or well is correct
How did it go? Any questions?