Grammar Guide

Educall Language Academy

Superlative Adjectives

We use superlatives when we compare more than two things:

                         

Blue whale is the heaviest animal on earth.                 Cheetah is the fastest animal on land.

                         

Russia is the largest country in the world.                    River Nile is the longest river on earth.

                         

Jupiter is the biggest planet in our solar system.      Mount Everest is the highest mountain on earth.

 

Superlative adjectives with one syllable: the adjective + -est

short

deep

dark

slow

cheap

cold

the shortest

the deepest

the darkest

the slowest

the cheapest

the coldest

 

 

Superlative adjectives with two or more syllables: the most + adjective

beautiful

expensive

popular

interesting

handsome

delicious

the most beautiful

the most expensive

the most popular

the most interesting

the most handsome

the most delicious

 

Superlative adjectives ending in –ly

friendly

lovely

shiny

sunny

the friendliest

the loveliest

the shiniest

the sunniest

 

Beware of these adjectives

big

hot

sad

the biggest

the hottest

the saddest

 

Some adjectives are irregular, they change completely

good

bad

little

much/many

far

the best

the worst

the least

the most

the farthest/furthest

 

Don’t forget to use in/on (a group) when you compare more than two things

  • Sheila is the oldest in her family. (among all family members)
  • Liam is the tallest in his class. (among his classmates)