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Degree: degree of comparison

Values: Abs Cmp Equ Pos Sup

Degree of comparison is typically an inflectional feature of some adjectives and adverbs.

Pos: positive, first degree

This is the base form that merely states a quality of something, without comparing it to qualities of others. Note that although this degree is traditionally called “positive”, negative properties can be compared, too.

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Equ: equative

The quality of one object is compared to the same quality of another object, and the result is that they are identical or similar (“as X as”). Note that it marks the adjective and it is distinct from the equative Case, which marks the standard of comparison.

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Cmp: comparative, second degree

The quality of one object is compared to the same quality of another object.

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Sup: superlative, third degree

The quality of one object is compared to the same quality of all other objects within a set.

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Abs: absolute superlative

Some languages can express morphologically that the studied quality of the given object is so strong that there is hardly any other object exceeding it. The quality is not actually compared to any particular set of objects.

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