Superlative Adjectives Explained!

Superlative adjectives are used to describe the highest degree of something among three or more groups or things. They allow us to make comparisons among groups of nouns to indicate which has the most of a certain quality.

Superlative adjectives generally follow these rules:

  1. Adjective + -est (for one-syllable adjectives)
  2. For adjectives that end in "y", we typically remove the "y" and add "-iest"
  3. Most + adjective (for adjectives with more than one syllable)

Superlative adjectives are often used with the word "the" before them.

Now let's see four different scenarios:

  • Physical Attributes: "Sarah is the tallest among all her friends." Here, 'tallest' is the superlative form of 'tall'.
  • Personality Traits: "Maria is the kindest person I know." Here, 'kindest' is the superlative form of 'kind'. Or you can say, "Maria is the happiest person I know." Here, 'happiest' is the superlative form of 'happy'.
  • Ease of Tasks: "This is the easiest math problem in the homework." Here, 'easiest' is the superlative form of 'easy'.
  • Prices of Items: "The red jacket is the most expensive item in the store." Here, 'most expensive' is the superlative form of 'expensive'.
  • Remember that there are some irregular adjectives that don't follow these rules. For example, the superlative form of "good" is "best", and "bad" is "worst".