5th March 2017
Would you like to be the best you can be at English? Or is getting better every year enough for you? Last week we looked at the comparative adjective. This week it is time to take a step further and learn about superlative forms.
We use adjective in English when we want to describe a person, place, or thing. When we need to compare two nouns, we use comparative adjectives. And when we need to highlight one noun out of a group of nouns, we use superlative adjectives.
The superlative form is –est or most. In general, we use –est for short words (1 syllable such as “short”) and most for longer words (2 syllables or more such as “beautiful”). For adjectives that end with Y, we cut it and add –iest. The rules are the same as those for the comparative. See here. We normally use THE before a superlative ( the longest, the hottest ect. )
Long- longer – the longest
Hot-hotter- the hottest
Easy- easier – the easiest
Beautiful – more beautiful – the most beautiful
But a few adjectives are irregular and you need to memorise the comparative and superlative forms.
Good-better- the best
Bad- worse- the worst
Far-further- the furthest
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