# One of the most vivid memories of my early childhood is of the two men - Change the degree of adjectives?

##### 1 Answer
Jan 20, 2018
• A vivid memory of my early childhood is of the two men
• An even more vivid memory of my early childhood is one about the two men.

#### Explanation:

The sample sentence uses "most vivid" -- an adjective in the $\text{superlative}$ degree.
The changes use the adjective "vivid" in the positive and the comparative degrees.

The "degree" of an adjective is its degree of comparison.

• Positive $-$ speaking of one thing only
• Comparative $-$ comparing two things
• Superlative $-$ comparing more than two things

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Examples of adjectives used in these degrees:

The adjective "tall"

• Jeffrey is tall. (positive)
• Richard is taller. (comparative)
• Franklin is tallest. (superlatives)

The adjective "intelligent"

• Simon is intelligent.
• David is more intelligent.
• Joseph is the most intelligent.

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This sentence is from Alice in Wonderland:

"Curiouser and curiouser!” cried Alice (She was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English)."

― Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

What Lewis Carroll meant by "good English" is that the adjective "curious" is so long that you are supposed to form the comparative by saying "More curious!" $-$ not "curiouser."

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Here's a Khan Academy video about the degrees of adjectives:
https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/grammar/parts-of-speech-the-modifier/comparative-superlative-intensifiers-and-adverbs-of-degree/v/intro-to-the-comparative-and-the-superlative-v2

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When I was in seventh grade, the English teacher said that teenagers could memorize music lyrics very well, so he turned the three degrees of adjectives into a rock-n-roll song, like this:

♪ Positive, comparative, superlative "Rock!
Positive, comparative, superlative Rock!

Ha ha ha! I thought he was funny $-$ but I have to admit that it worked.
I still remember them after all these years.

And now you will too.