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positive (degree of adjectives)


positive (degree of adjectives)

Jeffrey Strausser and José Paniza, Painless English for Speakers of Other Languages (Barron's, 2007)


In grammar, the basic, uncompared form of an adjective or adverb, as opposed to either the comparative or superlative.

C. Edward Good notes that "the raw adjective--in its positive state--merely describes the noun modified; it doesn't care about how this particular person or thing stacks up against other members of the same noun class" (Whose Grammar Book Is This Anyway? 2002).

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From the Latin, "to place"


  • "To find a fault is easy; to do better may be difficult."

  • "It should be our care not so much to live a long life as a satisfactory one."

  • "Animals are such agreeable friends: they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms."
    (George Eliot)

  • "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."
    (Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina)

  • "Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example."
    (Mark Twain)

  • "The inspirational value of the space program is probably of far greater importance to education than any input of dollars."
    (Arthur C. Clarke)

  • "Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature."
    (Tom Robbins)
Pronunciation: POZ-i-tiv
Also Known As: positive degree, absolute degree
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