COMPARATIVE AND SUPERLATIVE FORM OF ADJECTIVES
COMPARATIVE - there are two different ways of indicating the comparative:
a) sign the word MORE before the adjective (e.g. more colourful)
b) sign the suffix –ER directly after the adjective (e.g. colder)
• 1 handed signs
First sign the adjective and then hold the h. in the same location and trace an upwds-outwds semicircle one h. breadth diam, at the same time changing the h. to a 1Pt h., 1f ptg dwd & fs fwd.
• 2 handed signs
First sign the adjective then, keeping one hand stationary, use the other hand to sign –ER as indicated below:
-if adjective is signed with both hands still (e.g. big) or both hands
moving (e.g. hot) then either hand can be used to sign –ER.
-if adjective is signed with only one moving hand (e.g. slow), then that
hand should be used.
(NB not used for verb + affix –ER as in swimmer, helper, etc)
SUPERLATIVE – there are two different ways of indicating the superlative:
a) sign the word MOST before the adjective (e.g. most colourful)
b) sign as for –ER: then with the same hand immediately trace a second upwds-outwds semicircle a half-h. breadth diam. (e.g.coldest)
There are separate signs for irregular forms (good, better, best); (little, less, least) and (much, more, most) included in the dictionary.