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Superlatives - Elementary Level

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The superlative is the greatest form of an adjective and is used when you are comparing more than one thing.

In general, we use an adjective + -est for short words (regular superlatives e.g. long + -est = longest) and most + an adjective for longer words (regular superlatives e.g. most + famous = most famous).

Remember that with short words ending in a single consonant, the consonant must be doubled before adding –est, words that end in 'y', change the 'y' to 'i' before adding –est and words that end in '-ed', '-ful', '-ing' and '-less' always use 'most'.

There are also irregular superlatives e.g. good – best or bad – worst.

Lastly, we normally use the before a superlative e.g. the longest, the most famous, etc. Use in after superlatives when talking about places, organizations or groups of people and periods of time.

  • 1. It's a very cheap restaurant. It's ___ town.



  • 2. It was a very happy day. It was ___ my life.



  • 3. She's a very intelligent student. She is ___ the class.



  • 4. It's a very valuable painting. It is ___ the gallery.



  • 5. Spring is a very busy time for me. It is ___ the year.