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Comparative and Superlative Adjectives and adverbs

Comparative and Superlative Adjectives and adverbs

Adjectives and adverbs are words the modify other words. The comparative form of an adjective or adverb compares two things. The superlative form of an adjective or adverb compares three of more things.

Easy to form comparatives and superlatives. The form is based on a number of words with the predicate adjective, with a little practice, comparatives and superlatives can quickly be mastered.

Comparative and superlative adjectives

Comparative and superlative adjectives are adjectives that have more than one syllable, preceded by "More" and "Most".

Here are some comparative and superlative adjectives:

Adjective Comparative Superlative
Respectable More respectable than Most respectable
Beautiful More Beautiful than Most Beautiful
Preferable More Preferable than Most Preferable
Hard working More Hard working than Most Hard working
  • Adam is respectable.
  • Adam is more respectable than Ahmed.
  • Adam is most respectable.

Some adjectives have different comparative and superlative forms, but all comparisons take "Than":

Adjective Comparative Superlative
Good Better than Best
Bad Worse than Worst
Little Less than Least
Much, Many More than Most
Far Further than Furthest
  • Adam is good.
  • Adam is better than Ahmed.
  • Adam is the best

Comparative and superlative adverbs


In general, the comparative and superlative adverbs are the same for adjectives:

Adjective Comparative Superlative
Quietly More quietly Most quietly
Slowly More slowly Most slowly
Seriously More seriously Most seriously

1. Superlative adverbs

Superlative adverbs are used to describe an object that is in an upper or lower bound (the longest, the smallest, the fastest, the highest), used in sentences where a subject is compared to a group. An example of using adverbs in superlatives:
  • He rides his bike most frequently in the morning.
  • Birds sing most beautifully in the morning.
  • They play well together, but they play best when they're under pressure.
  • Adam is the hardest working player on the team.
  • Khalifa is the fastest.

2- Comparative adverbs

Comparative adverbs are used to compare the differences between two objects that you want to modify (bigger, smaller, faster, higher), used in sentences where two nouns are compared. An example of using adverbs in comparison:

  • A subway train can get you through the city more quickly than a bus.
  • A laptop computer allows her to do her work more efficiently.
  • She works faster than he does.
  • They'll finish their work sooner than they did last week.
  • He can reach higher than she can. 
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