Examples on Comparative and Superlative Adjectives

What are Adjectives?

The words that beautify a noun are called adjectives. Some examples of adjectives are as follows:

  1. Charming

  2. Cruel

  3. Fantastic

  4. Gentle

  5. Huge

  6. Perfect

  7. Rough

  8. Sharp

  9. Tasty

  10. Zealous

Let us say, an English book is more boring than a Maths book. Here, ‘more boring’ illustrates to what extent it is boring or the degree of comparative adjective. Now, let us say, the English book is the most boring book among the other books. Here, ‘most boring’ is the superlative adjective.

There are various superlatives and comparatives examples that we will discuss on this page. We also have a list of superlatives and comparatives examples that will help you understand these adjectives.

What are Superlatives and Comparatives?

Comparative adjectives are used to compare one noun to another. In this type, only two objects are compared. For example, someone might say that "the blue colour ball is brighter than the red one."


Superlative adjectives are used to compare three or more nouns. They are also used to compare one thing against the rest of a group. Also, these adjectives demonstrate a higher level of comparison among more than two objectives. For example, "She is the brightest student in the whole class."


When students are trying to organise their thoughts and draw a comparison between two or more items, it's helpful to show them several examples of superlatives and comparatives adjectives for kids. Let's explore some examples below.

Superlatives


Superlatives and comparatives

Formation of Comparative Adjectives


For a word ending with a consonant, we add ‘er’

For example:

big → bigger

old → older

fast → faster

If an adjective ends with ‘e’, we add ‘r’

For example, late → later

If the adjective ends in ‘y’, change the y to ‘i’

For example,

happy → happier

easy → easier

Some more examples on adding ‘more’ before adjectives to make them comparison adjectives. Examples are:

  • quiet → quieter/more quiet

  • clever → cleverer/more clever

  • narrow → narrower/more narrow

  • simple → simpler/more simple

  • beautiful → more beautiful

Formation of Superlative Adjectives


For a word ending with a consonant, we add ‘est’

For example:

big → biggest

old → oldest

fast → fastest

If an adjective ends with ‘e’, we add ‘st’

For example, late → latest

If the adjective ends in ‘y’, change the y to ‘est’

For example:

Happy → Happiest

Easy → Easiest

Some more examples on adding ‘most’ before adjectives to make them superlative adjectives. Examples are:

  • quiet → quietest

  • clever → cleverest

  • narrow → narrowest

  • simple → simplest

Examples of Superlatives and Comparatives

The below table comprises an initial adjective (also called a positive adjective). A positive adjective on its own describes a noun. Let’s say, "She's tall." The comparative adjectives in the table below show how you can make comparisons between two adjectives by adding a suffix -er for a comparative adjective, for example: "He's taller than she is." The superlative adjective is formed by adding the suffix -est, which when added, makes even higher levels of comparison: "He's the tallest student in the class."


Positive Adjective

Comparative Adjective

Superlative Adjective

Anger

Angrier

Angriest

Small

Smaller

Smallest

Pretty

Prettier

Prettiest

Broad

Broader

Broadest

Calm

Calmer

Calmest

Curly

Curlier

Curliest

Dirty

Dirtier

Dirtiest

Dull

Duller

Dullest

Fresh

Fresher

Freshest

New

Newer

Newest

Simple

Simpler

Simplest

Quick

Quicker

Quickest

Love

Lovelier

Loveliest

Smart

Smarter

Smartest

Old

Older

Oldest

Long

Longer

Longest

Rich

Richer

Richest

Soft

Softer

Softest

Hard

Harder

Hardest

Heavy

Heavier

Heaviest

So, this was all about superlatives and comparatives. Going through the above examples will help you understand the positive, comparative, and superlative forms of adjectives. Knowing the difference between the three of them and how they should be used in your sentences or while you are engaging in a conversation will enhance your writing and speaking skills. If you wish to polish your grammar skills, you can try out the English grammar worksheets on our website.

FAQs on Examples on Comparative and Superlative Adjectives

1. What are adjectives and adverbs?

Adjectives are one of the parts of speech that beautify a noun or pronoun. They usually tell what kind, how many, or which about nouns or pronouns. However, an adverb modifies or beautifies a verb, even another adverb or an adjective. We can usually recognise an adverb by the suffix -ly at the end of it.

2. What is the rule for superlatives and comparatives adjectives?

Comparative adjectives are formed either by adding -er or by preceding the adjective with more. The superlative adjectives are formed either by adding -est or by adding the most before the adjective. In various cases, we can use both forms, although one is used more than the other.

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