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7. The rough boy has become a most polite gentleman.

8. Will you go to yonder house and ask that man to bring those horses?

9. This particular man is honest, sincere, and discreet. 10. The fifteen decisive battles of the world mark the greatest epochs of history.

II. Helen's father gave her a gold watch.
12. Chicago has had a rapid growth.
13. Mother has bought a beautiful, rich carpet.

14. The honest farmer, strong in his integrity, spurned the offer.

15. A few rough men destroyed those works of art. 16. A sincere love sought to pay him its grateful tribute.

17. He was swept on by an unspent ardor that made an easy and deliberate conversation quite impossible.

18. A little learning is a dangerous thing.

19. To feel an honest joy at the success of another is noble.

20. This pencil and those pens are mine.

COMPOUND ADJECTIVES

Compound adjectives are formed by putting together two (sometimes more) words that are used independently.

The words composing the compound adjective are usually separated by hyphens. A few are written as one word ; as, lifelike, homesick, everlasting.

When a compound adjective is made up of a noun and an adjective, the singular number of the noun is used ; as, a six-foot pole, a twenty-story building.

Such numbers as twenty-two and forty-five, and fractions when spelled out; as, two-thirds, three-fourths, etc., are written with a hyphen.

Exercise 16

Place hyphens where they belong in the following sentences. Point out all adjectives and tell what nouns they modify:

I. We hurried to the assistance of the half dead traveler.

2. This unlooked for burden made the peasant's life almost unbearable.

3. Every morning Mr. Allen takes a bath in ice cold water.

4. He lives in a walk on the crack or be lost community.

5. The red haired boy was accused of stealing an eight day clock.

6. A hard struggling, weary hearted man was he.

7. I was just emerging from the many formed crystal country.

8. The firm agrees to accept your 30 day note for one half the amount of your bill.

9. The school occupies two thirds of the sixth floor of a new ten story building.

IO. He measured the room with a three foot stick. II. We have just returned from a five mile drive. 12. Our terms for a 60 day settlement are 4 per cent.

13. The apartments are arranged with well lighted, cheerful rooms.

14. The round trip rate is the sum of the east and west bound fares, less 10 per cent of the west bound fare.

15. The Hub Clothing Co. deals in both ready made and made to order clothing.

16. The blue, mountain bordered lake reflected the hoary peaks in its placid depths.

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17. The goods are guaranteed to arrive in first class condition.

18. We can furnish this article in either two or five pound packages.

19. What is the difference between three pound pails and three-pound pails?

20. John has bought a double barreled, breech loading rim fire shotgun.

21. The coal carrying roads will benefit by this improvement.

The company's new offices are furnished with up to date equipments.

23. The representatives of the Acme Publishing Co. are making a house to house canvass.

24. The coyote is a long, slim, slick, and sorry looking skeleton, with a gray wolfskin stretched over it.

25. The 2 inch, 22 inch, and 3 inch strips will go forward tomorrow.

26. Our camp was situated in one of those out of the ordinary spots.

27. The better than the average stenographer understands the use of hyphens and apostrophes.

COMPARISON

Adjectives have a variation of form to express a greater degree and a greatest degree of the quality which the adjective expresses:

Mr. Jones is a tall man.
Mr. Smith is taller than Mr. Jones.
Mr. Allen is the tallest man in town.
These three forms are called degrees of comparison.

POSITIVE DEGREE

The simple adjective, like tall, short, long, is said to be of the positive degree.

COMPARATIVE DEGREE

Such forms as taller, shorter, longer, are said to be of the comparative degree. The comparative degree of most adjectives of one syllable, and a few of two syllables, is formed by adding r or er to the simple form; as, sweet, sweeter; fit, fitter; dry, drier; high, higher; able, abler ; handsome, handsomer.

Most adjectives of more than one syllable form the comparative by prefixing more or less to the positive degree ; as, fragrant, more fragrant; elegant, more elegant.

The comparative degree is used in comparing two objects.

SUPERLATIVE DEGREE

Such forms as tallest, shortest, longest, are said to be of the superlative degree. The superlative degree of most adjectives of one syllable, and a few of two syllables, is formed by adding est; as, high, highest; handsome, handsomest.

Most adjectives of more than one syllable form the superlative by prefixing most or least; as, beautiful, most beautiful.

In comparing regular adjectives of more than one syllable, affix er and est, or prefix more or most according to which sounds better.

The superlative degree is used in comparing three or more objects.

IRREGULAR COMPARISON

Some adjectives are compared irregularly. Following are a few of the most common ones :

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Use the superlative only when comparing three or more objects :

Of two evils choose the least-lesser. 2. Which of the two plans do you think is the bestbetter?

3. My right hand is the quicker-quickest, but my left hand is the strongest-stronger.

4. Mary is the prettier-prettiest of the twins, but Jennie is the brightest-brighter.

5. London is the larger-largest, but New York is the greatest-greater commercial city in the world.

6. John is the elder-eldest of five sons.

7. Which is the moremost beautiful city, New York or Chicago?

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