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An Overview of the Superlative in English Grammar

 

Superlatives are the highest degree of comparison. This means, superlatives are used when we talk about something that is at the top level or the bottom level of a quality. Let's take a look at how the superlative works in the English language.

Grammar Corner An Overview of the Superlative in English Grammar

 

Superlatives ending in -est

For one-syllable adjectives, we simply add -est at the end of the word to indicate the superlative. For example:

  • cheap - the cheapest
  • high - the highest

 

Superlatives ending in -iest

For two-syllable adjectives that end in "y", we change the "y" to "i" and add "est" to indicate the superlative. For example:

  • happy - the happiest
  • friendly - the friendliest

 

Superlatives with "most"

For two-syllable adjectives that don't end in "y" and adjectives with three or more syllables, we add "the most" or "the least" to indicate the superlative. For example:

  • careful - the most careful
  • difficul - the least difficult

 

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