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English Grammar

Superlative Adjectives Structure

The rules for forming superlatives depends on the length of the adjective.

Short adjectives either have:

  • 1 syllable, or
  • 2 syllables only if the word ends in -y

The rules for forming short adjectives to superlatives adjectives are:

  • -est is added to the end of the adjective
  • adjectives that end in -y
    • change the -y to -i and add -est
      • early - earliest
      • happy - happiest
      • crazy - craziest
  • adjectives that end with a vowel followed by a consonant
    • double the last consonant and add -est
      • big -biggest
      • fat- fattest
      • hot -hottest
  • adjectives that end with -e
    • just add -st
      • nice -nicest
      • safe -safest

Long adjectives either have:

  • 3 or more syllables - add "most" before the adjective
    • expensive - most expensive
    • difficult - most difficult
    • comfortable - most comfortable
  • 2 syllables that do not end in -y - add "most" before the adjective
    • honest - most honest
    • difficult- most difficult
    • modern - most modern

What is an adjective?

Using 2 or more adjectives together

Adjective & Nouns

Comparative Adjectives

Structure of Comparative Adjectives

As...As Comparative Adjectives

Superlative Adjectives

Formation Superlative Adjectives

Adjective Order

Adjectives With Verbs

Adjectives -ed & -ing

Possessive Adjectives