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Superlatives - Glossary of Terms


Superlatives

A superlative is the form of adjective or adverb used for comparison.

The superlative form of an adjective is used to show something has a quality to the greatest or least degree; whereas, the superlative form of an adverb is used to show something has performed an action to the greatest or least degree.
 
Examples:

Neville is tallest. ("tallest" is the superlative form of the adjective "tall")
Mark listens most attentively of all the students. 
("most attentively" is the superlative form of the adverb "attentively")

In general, the superlative form of an adjective or adverb can be formed by adding the suffix "-est" or by placing "most" before.
 
Interactive example:
 
Pearl is the worst behaved dolphin in the project's history. [show me the superlative]
 
Beware double superlatives (e.g., adding "est" and using "most").  This is wrong.

He was the most cleverest.
Mary was the least fastest.
Associated pages:
 
Comparatives and superlatives of adjectives
Comparatives superlatives of adverbs
Glossary of grammatical terms
 
 

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