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Sweet, Sweeter, SWEETEST?

“Between Leena and Mia, Mia is the sweetest, mom,” sweet Naira whispered.

“You are wrong, Naira,” said her mom, much to Naira’s surprise.

“Mom! But, you hardly know them!”

Mom was sure that Naira was wrong. You know why?

That’s because Naira had confused the degrees of comparison!

When comparing two persons, places or things, we use the comparative degree.

“ You compared two persons — Leena and Mia. Sweeter is the comparative form of sweet. So, you say, Mia is sweeter than Leena.”

“And when you compare more than two people places or things, we use the superlative degree,” added mom.

“So, I would say, in my eyes, you, my little Naira, are the sweetest among the three of you!”

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