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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.


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.


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


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


  • 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)