Comparing 3 or more adjectives in English
Comparing 3 or more adjectives in English

Comparing 3 or more adjectives in English. When we compare one adjective to another adjective, we use comparative adjectives. When we compare 3 or more things in English, we superlative adjectives. For most adjectives, we can compare them by adding the +est to the sentence. We will look at this in much more detail in Level A2, but in this course we will look at the basic information.

For example:

Mice can run at 10 kilometres an hour. Dogs can run at 20 kilometres an hour.  Horses can run at 80 kilometres an hour.

  • Comparative: Dogs are faster than mice. Horses are faster than dogs.
  • Superlative: Horses are the fastest.

Here are some more examples:

  • A whale is the biggest animal in the world..
  • Jack is the tallest boy in his class.
  • Walking is the cheapest way to travel.
  • My grandmother is the oldest person in my family.

For longer words, we use a different rule – we add the most…. . Here are some examples:

The red car is £1000. This blue car is £15000. The black car is £50000> The blue car is the most expensive car.

Here are some more examples:

  • The Prime Minister is the is the most important person in the country.
  • English is the most difficult language in the world!
  • She is the the most interesting person I know.

Be careful! Some adjectives are irregular and do not follow these rules! Here are some examples of irregular superlative adjectives:

  • good > the best
  • bad > the worst
  • far > the furthest/the farthest

Here are some example sentences:

  • A car is the best way to travel quickly.
  • My test scores are the worst in the class!
  • New Zealand is the furthest country from the UK.

To learn more about superlative adjectives, take a look at the 6 rules for using superlative adjectives in Level A2.

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