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    Grammar Is there a name for this type of word?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by OurJud, Jan 13, 2020 at 9:29 PM.

    You would say “The past tense of run is ran.”

    And you would say “The plural of apple is apples.”

    So the names for these words are plural and past tense.

    But what about “The _____ of small is smallest.” ?

    Does that have a name?
     
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    Superlative.

    Smaller = comparative.
    Smallest = superlative.
     
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    Boom!

    Cheers.
     
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    Adding to @Naomasa298's clear explanation because I have urges I can't help: ;)

    Superlatives make things mean 'the most/best/smallest/largest, etc of that thing'.
    Literary devices: Superlatives
     
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    I’ve heard this word before but always thought it was pronounced superlaptive.

    No wait, I’m thinking of something else. It’s sue-pearl-ative, isn’t it, not super-lative?
     
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    No. sue-purr-lative.
     
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    Potato potato
     
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    That's two potatoes.
     
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    It’s supposed to be potato potahto, but I don’t know how you spell potahto.
     
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    That's surely just your northern accent butchering our glorious language... :D

    *runs and hides*
     
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    The last king of Rome was Tarquinius Superbus.

    I used to think his name was pronounced like a transport company.
     
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    Bugger off :D

    That the northernist response I could think of.
     
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