The BEST post ever! | How to use comparatives and superlatives

We use comparative adjectives and adverbs when we are comparing two things.

We use superlative adjectives and adverbs when we are talking about more than two things.

He can run faster than his brother.

Comparative

I am the fastest runner in our family.

Superlative

The rules

  • Generally, if it is a one syllable word  -er is added for comparatives and -est for superlatives. 
  • If it has two or more syllables it is preceded by “more” (comparative) and “the most” superlatives
  • But if it has two syllables and ends in y (like: tidy, easy, and happy – then the y changes to an i and then add -er for comparative and -est for superlative e.g. tidier/tidiest, easier/easiest, happier/happiest

There are also some irregular forms – check out the table below.

Adjective/adverb -> Comparative -> Superlative

big  -> bigger -> biggest   

short ->  shorter -> shortest

easy  -> easier -> easiest

beautiful -> more beautiful -> the most beautiful

good/well ->  better -> the best

bad  ->  worse -> the worst

many -> more -> most

Examples

She has a big house.

Jack’s house is bigger.

Paula’s house is the biggest.

 Driving a car is easy.

Driving an automotive car is easier

Riding a bike is the easiest.

Rosie is beautiful, 

but Poppy is more beautiful.

Snow White is the most beautiful!

Diego Maradona was a good player.

adjective

Didier Drogba is better.

comparative

Mo Salah is the best. 

superlative

He speaks French well.

He speaks Spanish better.

He speaks English the best.

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