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Learn about Superlative Adjectives


superlative adjectivesSuperlative Adjectives

You should look at the comparative adjectives lesson before you study superlative adjectives.

Julie is the shortest student in the class.

This means no one is shorter than Julie. We use superlative adjectives to say one thing is the most/least in a group of three or more.

How to make Superlative Adjectives

Add est to one-syllable adjectives. If it ends in e, just add st. If it ends in vowel + consonant, add consonant + est.

longlongerthe longest
largelargerthe largest
bigbiggerthe biggest

If the adjective ends in y, remove the y and add iest.

prettyprettierthe prettiest

If the adjective has two or more syllables, add most.

boringmore boringthe most boring

There are also some irregular adjectives to remember:

goodbetterthe best
badworsethe worst
farfurtherthe furthest

Don't forget: you usually need the before the superlative.

My sister is the most beautiful woman in the world.

We often use a superlative with the present perfect.

She's the nicest person I've ever met.

This is the best website in the world.

Superlative adjective exercises

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