Superlative adjectives

Superlative adjectives describe one person or thing as having more of a quality than all other people or things in a group.

Notes

We use the superlative form of an adjective to show that something has a quality to the greatest or least degree.

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Superlative adjectives - Video

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"I AM THE TALLEST CHILD IN THE CLASS.

I AM THE FASTEST! 

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The most

Use THE MOST + adjective + IN / OF, to say that one person or thing has more of a quality than all other people or things in a group.

Examples:

  • Mary is THE MOST elegant IN the class.
  • This book is THE MOST interesting IN the library.
  • The blue dress is THE MOST expensive OF all.
  • Today is THE MOST important day OF my life.

 

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Short adjectives + EST

To form the superlative, we use the EST suffix with adjectives of one syllable.

THE adjective + EST

Examples: 

  • Tom is THE tallEST in the classroom.
  • Susan is THE shortEST in the school.

 

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Other superlative forms

Two-syllable adjectives ending in Y change y to IEST:

  • Easy - easIER - THE EASIEST
  • Dirty - DirtIER - THE DIRTIEST

Adjectives ending in E add ST:

  • Simple - SimplER - THE SIMPLEST
  • Nice - NicER - THE NICEST

Adjectives with one vowel + one consonant double the final consonant and add EST:

  • Big - BigGER - THE BIGGEST
  • Thin - ThinNER - THE THINNEST

 

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Irregular superlatives

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Watch out! Some one-syllable adjectives have irregular superlative forms:

  • Good - Better - THE BEST
  • Bad - Worse - THE WORST
  • Little - Less - THE LEAST
  • Far - Farther - THE FARTHEST

Very + adjective

We use very before adjectives to add emphasis. It means "to a great degree":

  • Buonissimo. - VERY good.
  • Piccolissimo. - VERY small.
  • Costosissimo. - VERY expensive.

 

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Comparatives and superlatives

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