Yellow Level

Lesson Seven:

Superlative Adjectives

differences in 3+ things or 3+ people

Add “est” or “most” when forming superlative adjectives.

(What is an adjective?)


The lion is the biggest animal in this group.

(There are three animals)

The lion is also the most dangerous animal in this group.

Remember: The superlative form is used to show the difference among three or more things or people in a group.

There are rules for using the superlative form. The table below will help you.


One-syllable words
two-syllable words    ending in y
 two syllables or more  not ending in y
add est
drop the y and ad iest
use most / don’t add est
big arrow biggest
noisyarrow noisiest
dangerous arrow most dangerous
old arrow oldest
busy arrow busiest
expensive arrowmost expensive
nice arrow nicest
crazy arrow craziest
comfortable arrow most comfortable
young arrow youngest
lazy arrow laziest
humid arrow most humid
fast arrow fastest
funny arrow funniest
tired arrow most tired
cheap arrow cheapest
dry arrow driest
acceptable arrow most acceptable
There are some exceptions: good, bad, far, and fun are adjectives that don’t follow the rules when making the comparative form.
good arrow best
bad arrow worst
far arrow farthest
 fun arrow most fun

Never use two superlatives together on an adjective:

most cheapest

most noisiest

It’s often necessary to use “the” in front of the superlative:

1. Apples picked directly from a tree taste the best. apples
2. I had the most fun at the state fair when I rode on the ferris wheel.
ferris wheel
3. Giraffes have the longest necks of any animal. giraffe

Sometimes an article such as “the” isn’t necessary when using the superlative. Instead, you can use the possessive form in front of the superlative.


This dog is her best friend.


Her best friend is her dog.


Click here for a quiz on comparatives and superlatives

Click here for a listening exercise.

Next: Lesson Eight