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Chapter 8. How to Write and Speak Good: ... > Tough Sledding: Using Adjectives Aft... - Pg. 80

How to Write and Speak Good: Adjectives Versus Adverbs 80 Take My Word for It Irregular adjective/adverb use, like much of life, is the result of accidents. In this case, it arose from the way the language formed. Good, for instance, has IndoEuropean roots; worse and worst, in contrast, originated in Old English. So here's one reason English isn't consistent, Mouseketeers. Keep Your Balance In most cases, the comparative and superlative degree shouldn't present any more difficulty than doing pick-up brain surgery with a screw driver or dealing with your two-year-old. Upon occasion, however, the way the sentence is phrased may make your comparison unclear. You balance your tires and your checkbook, so balance your sentences. Here's how: · Compare similar items. · Finish the comparison. No:Nick's feet are bigger than Charles's. (Charles's what?) Yes:Nick's feet are bigger than Charles's feet.