Comparative and Superlative Adjectives – List and Example Sentences

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One-syllable adjectives

Adjectives

Comparative forms

Superlative forms

A

A-ER

A-EST

tall

taller

tallest

short

shorter

shortest

fast

faster

fastest

slow

slower

slowest

big

bigger

biggest

small

smaller

smallest

strong

stronger

strongest

weak

weaker

weakest

old

older

oldest

young

younger

youngest

  • Harry is tall, but Jane is taller, and Jack is the tallest in class.
  • I am strong, but my brother is stronger, and my dad is the strongest in my family.
  • Kyo is faster than Jane, but Jane is stronger (than Kyo).
  • The biggest mistake in my life is to tell him my secret.

One-syllable adjectives ending with –e

Adjectives

Comparative forms

Superlative forms

A

A-ER

A-EST

large

larger

largest

wide

wider

widest

wise

wiser

wisest

  • Whale is the largest animal I’ve ever seen.
  • Although Henry is the youngest child in the family, he’s the wiser than his two elder (older) brothers.

Adjectives with two or more syllables

Adjectives

Comparative forms

Superlative forms

A

A-ER

A-EST

modern

more modern

most modern

beautiful

more beautiful

most beautiful

expensive

more expensive

most expensive

interesting

more interesting

most interesting

delicious

more delicious

most delicious

important

more important

most important

handsome

more handsome

most handsome

attractive

more attractive

most attractive

  • Jenny is attractive, but Wendy is even more attractive.
  • Harry Potter is the most interesting book I’ve read.
  • Liam is the most handsome boy in my class.

Two-syllable adjectives ending with –y

Adjectives

Comparative forms

Superlative forms

A

A-ER

A-EST

happy

happier

happiest

lucky

luckier

luckiest

friendly

friendlier

friendliest

sexy

sexier

sexiest

heavy

heavier

heaviest

pretty

prettier

prettiest

noisy

noisier

noisiest

messy

messier

messiest

early

earlier

earliest

busy

busier

busiest

angry

angrier

angriest

  • The earliest sign of pregnancy is food aversion.
  • People have become busier and busier recently.
  • The happiest moment in my life was when he said he loved me.

Two-syllable adjectives ending with –er, -ow and -le

Adjectives

Comparative forms

Superlative forms

clever

cleverer

cleverest

narrow

narrower

narrowest

shallow

shallower

shallowest

gentle

gentler

gentlest

simple

simpler

simplest

  • The cleverest girl in my team is Nina.
  • The streets are narrower here than in my city.
  • These fish were found in the shallowest river.

*Exceptions

Adjectives

Comparative forms

Superlative forms

good

better

best

bad

worse

worst

little

less

least

much/ many

more

most

far

farther/ further

farthest/ furthest

  • This is the worst movie I’ve seen.
  • I am less charming than her.
  • John’s been better than he used to be.

 

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