Superlative Adjectives: Definition, Rules & Useful Examples 1

Superlative Adjectives: Definition, Rules & Useful Examples

Superlative! Learn superlative definition and how to use and form superlative adjectives in English with useful grammar rules, ESL pictures and example sentences.

Superlative Adjective

Superlative Definition

When an adjective compares three or more things, the superlative form of the adjective is used. Superlatives indicate that the quality or quantity is at its highest or is most intense.

Superlative Adjectives | Forming Superlatives

Forming Superlative Adjectives

Learn how to form superlatives in English with examples.

One-syllable Adjectives

1. Form the superlative forms of a one-syllable adjective by adding –est.

Examples:

  • long – longest
  • tall – tallest

2. If the one-syllable adjective ends with an e, just add –st for the superlative form.

Examples:

  • cute – cutest
  • large – largest

3. Add –est to adjectives that end in consonant-vowel-consonant and double the last consonant.

Examples:

  • big – biggest
  • hot – hottest

Two-syllable Adjectives

1. With most two-syllable adjectives, you form the superlative with most.

Examples:

  • honest – most honest
  • famous – most famous

2. If the two-syllable adjectives ends with –y, change the y to i and add –est for the superlative form.

Examples:

  • happy – happiest
  • crazy – craziest

3. Two-syllable adjectives ending in –er, le, or ow take –est to form the superlative forms.

Examples:

  • narrow – narrowest
  • gentle – gentlest

Adjectives with Three or More Syllables

Add most to adjectives that has 3 or more syllables.

Superlative Examples:

  • expensive – most expensive
  • difficult – most difficult

Irregular Adjectives

  • good – best
  • bad – worst
  • far – farthest
  • little – least
  • many – most

Superlative Examples

List of affirmative and superlative adjectives in English.

Examples of Superlative Adjectives
AffirmativeSuperlative
slowslowest
fastfastest
cheapcheapest
clearclearest
loudloudest
newnewest
richrichest
shortshortest
thickthickest
oldoldest
talltallest
largelargest
widewidest
wisewisest
nicenicest
bigbiggest
fatfattest
fitfittest
politemost polite
helpfulmost helpful
usefulmost useful
obscuremost obscure
hungryhungriest
happyhappiest
prettyprettiest
heavyheaviest
angryangriest
dirtydirtiest
funnyfunniest
narrownarrowest
shallowshallowest
humblehumblest
gentlegentlest
clevercleverest
interestingmost interesting
comfortablemost comfortable
beautifulmost beautiful
difficultmost difficult
dangerousmost dangerous
expensivemost expensive
popularmost popular
complicatedmost complicated
confidentmost confident
goodbest
badworst
farfarthest
littleleast
much/manymost

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