Alexis Avila Founder/President of Prepped & Polished teaches you how to avoid a common SAT Grammar mistake:

1. Use the comparative form of the adjective/adverb when there are two objects
2. Use the superlative form of the adjective/adverb when there are three or more objects.
3. Never use the comparative/superlative forms for Absolute Adjectives.

Common SAT Grammar mistake

The SAT writing section tests you on many grammar topics. The one grammar topic that most students mix up is using the comparison and superlative forms of adjectives and adverbs. So, let’s get this straight once and for all.

Let’s just take an adjective, like fast, okay? My car is fast. There’s only one object, you say fast. Now, as soon as you bring in another
object into the equation, you have a choice. You can say my car is faster than your car, or you could say it’s more fast than your car; okay, that’s two objects.

When you have three objects or more in the equation, you say fastest. My car is the fastest among all the cars I see in the lot, or you could say most fast, okay.

Absolute Adjectives

Now, there are some adjectives and adverbs that belong in their own absolute category, for example, perfect. You’re never going to say more perfect or most perfect that’s silly because perfect is defined already, and you can’t have something that’s more perfect or most perfect.

So know the difference among these categories, and you’ll be on your way to a better writing SAT score.

I’ll talk to you soon.

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