Chapter 18. Transformation of Sentences (Cont'd...)
18.2 Interchange of degrees of comparison (cont'd...)
(ii) When comparison is made among more than two or many, to convert a
sentence from superlative to positive degree, follow the following rule:
no other (any other) + noun after superlative + related words + verb+
(not) + as + adj (positive) + as + 1st subject.
To convert superlative to comparative, construction of the sentences should
be: subject (as it is) + verb (as it is) + adj (comp) + than any other/all
other + noun singular/plural (after adj) + related words.
Superlative: Ram is the best boy in the class.
Positive: No other (any other) boy in the class is (not) as good as Ram.
Comparative: Ram is better than any other boy/ all other boys in the class.
Superlative: Misery is the greatest mystery of all.
Comparative: Misery is greater than any other mystery/ all other mystery.
Positive: No other mystery is as great as misery.
Positive: There is no other mystery as great as misery.
Alternatively: Any other mystery is not as great as misery.
Superlative: Iron is the most useful of all metals
Comparative: Iron is more useful than any other metal/ all other metals.
Positive: No other (any other) metal is (not) as useful as iron.
(iii) To convert a superlative sentence to positive and comparative sentence if
you encounter the word one of
in superlative sentence, please follow the following rule.
To convert in positive degree, put very few + noun(plural) after adj. +
related words + verb (plural) + as adj. (positive) as + first subject.
To convert superlative degree to comparative degree, follow the following
rule. Subject (as it is) + verb (as it is) + adj (comp.) than most other +
noun (plural) + related words.
Superlative: Rabindranath is one of the greatest poet of the world.
Positive: Very few poets of the world are as great a Rabindranath.
Comparative: Rabindranath is greater than most of the poets of the world.
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