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Superlative Adverbs

Superlative Adverbs

What are superlative adverbs?

Generally, adverbs are used to add more to the meaning of verbs, adjectives and other adverbs. What do they add? They add something more related to time, place, frequency or manner. Most of the adverbs have three degrees or forms positive, comparative and superlative. Comparative and superlative adverbs compare actions.

What are superlative adverbs

Definition of superlative adverbs

What are superlative adverbs? We use superlative adverb to compare an action of one object with the actions of whole group.

  • Ali worked the hardest this year.  
  • He got promotion the soonest in his team.
  • She came the latest, so she did not enjoy the party.

 

Formation of superlative adverbs

To form superlative adverbs, we have three ways. The first one is adding the suffix ‘EST’ to the base adverbs. The second one is using of most/least before adverb.

The last one is the superlative degree of irregular adverbs. Irregular ones have their specific forms. We use the word ‘the’ that is also called definite article before the superlative adverb.

 

Adding suffix ‘ER’

One syllable adverbs or adverbs that don’t end in ‘LY’ needs the suffix ‘EST’ for their superlative degrees.

Adverb

Comparative

Superlative

Long

Longer

Longest

Fast

Faster

Fastest

High

Higher

Highest

Loud

Louder

Loudest

Near

Nearer

Nearest

  • We will travel the longest this month.
  • You must run the fastest to win the race.
  • Ali jumped the highest in the jumping contest.  
  • It is your habit to speak the loudest in the meeting.
  • When the program started, Ali came the nearest to the stage.

 

Spelling changes

When we add the suffix ‘EST’, some spelling changes take place.

If an adverb ends in ‘E’, we just add ‘ST’.

Fine ---- Finest

Late ---- latest

  • I felt the finest today in the school.  
  • You must submit your assignments the latest by tomorrow at 4:00 pm.

 

If an adverb ends in a vowel + a consonant, we double the last consonant and add the suffix ‘EST’.

Flat ---- flattest

Thin --- thinnest

  • Only you lay the flattest.
  • You should slice the thinnest for me.

 

If an adverb ends in a consonant + ‘Y’, we change ‘y’ into ‘I’ and add the suffix ‘EST’.

Early ---- earliest                             

  • Ali did his test the earliest in the examination hall.

 

Adding the word most/least

We use the word most/least before the adverbs that end in ‘LY’ to make their superlative degrees. It means we use most/least before adverbs that are made by adding ‘LY’ to adjectives.

Adverb

Comparative

Superlative

Furiously

More furiously

Most furiously

Slowly

More slowly

Most slowly

Beautifully

More beautifully

Most beautifully

Happily

More happily

Most happily

Courageously

More courageously

Most courageously

  • The eagle swoops the most furiously.
  • I walked the most slowly, so I reached late.
  • I saw Rohama’s dance, she danced the most beautifully.
  • I arranged the program the most happily as you were the participants.
  • He drove the most courageously even his brakes were not working well.

 

Irregular adverbs

Irregular adverbs have their specific superlative degrees. They are pre-specified and they don’t need to add ‘EST’ or the word most/least.

Adverb

Comparative

Superlative

Much

More

Most

Well

Better

Best

Little

Less

Least

Badly

Worse

Worst

Far

Farther/further

Farthest/furthest

  • He did the most for the nation.
  • He had studied the best in our class.
  • You always work the least in the office.
  • He replied me the worst in the meeting.
  • We went the farthest to prey yesterday. 

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