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Degree: degree of comparison

In English, Degree is a feature of (adjectives)[en-pos/ADJ] and some (adverbs)[en-pos/ADV].

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. All words with PTB tags JJ have this feature.

Examples

Additionally, the following adverbs with PTB tag RB also have this feature:

Cmp: comparative, second degree

The quality of one object is compared to the same quality of another object. All words with PTB tags JJR are marked with this feature.

Examples

The following adverbs with PTB tag RBR also have this feature:

Sup: superlative, third degree

The quality of one object is compared to the same quality of all other objects within a set. All words with PTB tags JJS are marked with this feature.

Examples

The following adverbs with PTB tag RBS also have this feature:

Note that most adverbs in English don’t have a Degree feature because their sencond and third degree are constructed periphrastically using the adverbs more and most, e.g. more quietly, most seriously.


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