Doctor Grammar wiped his tired brow. He had had a long day. It seemed as if ever word, every part of speech and every tense had problems.
He wished he could go home and have a nice cup of soup, but he knew that there were a lot of words still waiting to see him.
The door opened and a group of small words entered and pleaded, “Please help us Doctor G!”
Doctor Grammar in the Land of Language
The doctor was surprised to see so many words together. “What ‘s the matter? Are all of you ill?” He just hoped that it was not some sort of epidemic .
“Doctor G, (that was how the words addressed him), we feel that we are not enough,” said Small.
“Yes”, piped up Tall. “We need to grow. We need something more.”
“Please Doc, can you help us?” said Rich.
“Hmm. I need to think about it. Can you come back tomorrow? I may have an answer for you.”
The little words waited eagerly. They were all words of one syllable and really felt that they could be more.
The next day, the words went to the doctor’s clinic. He handed them a tonic and said, “You must take this vitamin and then you will get what you want. But if you have any problems, I want you to come back here at once.”
The words thanked him and took the bottle and rushed away happily. The label on the bottle said, Vitamin “er”
When tall had a spoonful it became taller
When rich had a sip it became richer.
Can you tell me what these words became when they took Vitamin er?
But Doctor G was worried. He had not had any time to test the medicine and he did not know if it would work with all the words. Some of the words found that they changed a bit more than the others .Thin became thinner. The n in its spelling got repeated.
Big became bigger. Fat became fatter. Hot became hotter and dim became dimmer.
But these were not the only words that had changed. The words that ended in y also changed.
The y in their spellings changed to i.
So dry became drier, costly became costlier, busy became busier and lazy became lazier.
Can you think of any more words that changed like that?
The words that ended in e did not like adding another e so they just added the r. So brave became braver. Wise became wiser and nice became nicer.
Can you help them find others like themselves?
“Finally there is peace!” thought Doctor G. But was he mistaken!
The next day he had a huge crowd of words waiting for him. These were words of three syllables and more. They had found that they could not take Vitamin er at all. It just did not agree with them. So they had come to ask the doctor to create something for them.
The poor doctor worked all night and came up with a new tonic. Vitamin More. He told the words to take this and soon beautiful became more beautiful.
Intelligent became more intelligent and interesting became more interesting.
Can you help these words take vitamin “More”?
The rebels – Exceptions!
But things were still not okay, because there was a gang of words who were called the exceptions. They were rebels and did not behave like everyone else. So they changed in different ways.
Good became better
Bad became worse
Little became less
Ill became worse
Much and many both became more.
Doctor Grammar was so tired after all this that he decided to take a little vacation and went off for the weekend. I wonder what he will have to fix next week, don’t you?