# Degree

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**Degree** is a category normally used to specify the extent of a comparison between adjectives or adverbs, such as comparative and superlative. In UNL, it is also used to represent the value of specifier adverbs.

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## Natural language

In the UNLarium, degree must be informed only when expressed by morphological means, such as in "bigger" and "biggest".

The values of the degree are the following:

- The positive is the default value and may be omitted.

### Examples

- Positive (PST): big, good, bad
- Comparative (CMP): bigger, better, worse
- Superlative (SUP): biggest, best, worst
- Diminutive (DIM):
- Augmentative (AUG):

## UNL

In UNL, degree is to be represented by attributes:

- The basis for the comparison is expressed by the relation 'bas'.
- more <A> than <B> = bas(A.@more, B)
- less <A> than <B> = bas(A.@less, B)
- as <A> as <B> = bas(A.@equal, B)

- Degree attributes may be combined
- very much happier = happy.@more.@plus

### Examples

- X is more fascinating than Y = aoj(fascinating.@more, X), bas(fascinating.@more, Y)
- X is better than Y = aoj(good.@more, X), bas(good.@more, Y)
- X is less fascinating than Y = aoj(fascinating.@less, X), bas(fascinating.@less, Y)
- X is worse than Y = aoj(good.@less, X), bas(good.@less, Y)
- X is as fascinating as Y = aoj(fascinating.@equal, X), bas(fascinating.@equal, Y)
- X is the most fascinating of the Ys = aoj(fascinating.@most, X), bas(fascinating.@most, Y)
- X is the best of the Ys = aoj(good.@most, X), bas(good.@most, Y)
- X is the least fascinating of the Ys = aoj(fascinating.@least, X), bas(fascinating.@least, Y)
- X is the worst of the Ys = aoj(good.@least, X), bas(good.@least, Y)
- X is not so fascinating as Y = aoj(fascinating.@less, X), bas(fascinating.@less, Y)