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  • Superlative adjectives

    Color-coded grammar chart outlining the rules for forming comparative and superlative adjectives based on syllable count and irregular forms.

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    Three or more things

    We use the superlative form of an adjective or adverb to compare three or more things.

    • Both John and his brother play football, but John is better
    • John and his two brothers all play football, but John is the best

    The best in

    After the superlative we use in before names of places or before singular words referring to groups of people (class, school, team, family, etc.)

    • The Everest is the highest mountain of the world. blank
    • The Everest is the highest mountain in the world. blank
    • She is the best student in the class.
    • He’s the tallest in the family.

    The / my / John’s

    Before the superlative we always use the or a possessive adjective (my, your, his, etc.) or noun + possessive ‘s (Paul’s, Elisabeth’s, etc.)

    • He is the best.
    • This is my most expensive jacket.
    • This is Paul’s best friend.