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Chapter 8. How to Write and Speak Good: ... > Three Degrees of Separation - Pg. 79

How to Write and Speak Good: Adjectives Versus Adverbs 79 Strictly Speaking Less and least can also be used to form the comparative and superlative degrees of most adjectives and adverbs, as in less attractive and least attractive. Less and fewer cannot be interchanged. Less refers to amounts that form a whole or can't be counted (less money, less filling), while fewer refers to items that can be counted (fewer coins, fewer calories). Size Does Matter Now that you know how to form comparisons with adjectives and adverbs, follow these guidelines to make these comparisons correct. 1. Use the comparative degree (- er or more form) to compare two things. Your memory is better than mine. Donald Trump is more successful than Donald Duck, Don Ameche, or Don Ho. Use the superlative form (- est or most ) to compare three or more things. This is the largest room in the house. This is the most awful meeting. Never use - er and more or - est and most together. One or the other will do the trick nicely. No:This is the more heavier brother. Yes:This is the heavier brother. No:He is the most heaviest brother. Yes:He is the heaviest brother. 2. 3.