The following lesson is for intermediate students. If you are not sure of your English level, take our test!
You can find all this information, plus speaking, writing, vocabulary exercises and more on the ABA English Course Unit 82 -Boys.
One-Syllable Adjectives – Superlative form
Remember how comparative adjectives worked?
long – longer
Well, with the superlatives, the endings are different.
The superlative form of one-syllable adjectives normally ends in “-est”.
long – longest
And before superlatives, we use the definite article “the”.
Linda is 28 and her best friend, Clair, is 29. Claire is the oldest and Linda is the youngest.
Yesterday I saw the fattest cat in the world: it was the size of a small dog!
Two-Syllable Adjectives ending in “Y” – Superlative form
Two-syllable adjectives ending in “-y” are very common and their ending is “-iest”, so the “y” changes for an “i” + “-est”
Hilary is the funniest sister.
I like the pink dress; it’s the prettiest.
Longer Adjectives – Superlative form
Ok, with two-syllable adjectives not ending in “-y” and with longer adjectives of three syllables or more, we use the adverb “most”.
expensive – the most expensive
comfortable – the most comfortable
Note that, in contrast, when we want to express the idea of “not so much”, we use “the least”. “The least” is the opposite of “the most”.
Mandarins are the least expensive fruit in winter.
This puzzle is the most challenging I have ever done.
Irregular Comparative and Superlatives Forms
The following adjectives are very common and, unfortunately, have irregular comparative and superlative forms. We recommend you try to memorize these, since you will be using them a lot!
Comparative – better than
Superlative – the best
Comparative – worse than
Superlative – the worst
Comparative – less
Superlative – least
Comparative – more
Superlative – most
Comparative – further than (farther than)
Superlative – the furthest (the farthest)
Unit 82 -Boys
Well done! You just revised the grammar from Unit 82!
In Unit 82 -Boys, you will meet Valerie and Tanya. Find out their very different taste in boys!
By watching ABA Films, you will practice your listening comprehension. Record your voice and compare phrases to improve your pronunciation and gain fluency by interpreting different roles. You will also learn new vocabulary and review the unit’s grammar lesson.