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The Best Of The Best - Superlative Adjectives

Learn about superlative adjectives and form a superlative adjective correctly.

Superlative adjectives are for comparing thing with a group of other things.

For example, I can use "taller" to compare one person with another person:

"John is taller than James."

Let's say I want to compare John with everyone else. Then, I will use a superlative adjective.

"John is the tallest person in the group."

comparative adjective vs superlative adjective

Let's look at more superlative adjectives

  • CN

    Tallest

  • Usain Bolt

    Fastest

  • Beauty Pageant

    Prettiest

How To Form a Superlative Adjective

How do you form a superlative adjective? - It depends on the number of syllables.

Look at the following chart.

Rule chart for forming superlative adjectives

What is a Syllable?

A syllable is basically a unit of sound.

A syllable has 1 vowel sound, and it may or may not have a consonant sound.

Listen to these words, carefully.

  • American -

  • Angry -

  • Attention -

  • Bicycle -

  • Big -

  • Busy -

  • Canadian -

  • Cloudy -

  • Expensive -

  • Important -

  • Interesting -

  • Little -

  • Mindful -

  • Never -

  • Pleasant -

  • Polite -

  • Sad -

  • Scrawny -

  • Shocked -

  • Silly -

  • Strong -

  • Timely -

  • Thoughtful -

  • Worried -

For example, "Scrawny" has 2 syllables. "Scraw" has the "aw" vowel sound, and "ny" has the "ee" vowel sound. "Scr" part is the consonants, so by itself, it's not a syllable.

Another example is "Timely". It has 2 syllables. "Time" part has the "i" vowel sound and "ly" part has the "ee" vowel sound. "me" is almost silent, so by itself, it's not a syllable.

Vowels and Consonants

A vowel is a type of sound. Often (but not always), a vowel is represented by the letters A, E, I, O, U.

Listen to some of the common vowel sounds. See this page for a complete list.

  • [ai] sound - buy, ice, find

  • "Buy" has the [ai] sound:

  • [au] sound - mouse, house, now

  • "Mouse" has the [au] sound:

  • [e] sound - tell, press, dead

  • "Tell" has the [e] sound:

  • [o] sound - model, copy, rock

  • "Model" has the [o] sound:

  • [u:] sound - cute, room, blue

  • "Cute" has the [u:] sound:

Consonants are all other sounds. Often (but not always), a consonant is represented by other letters such as k, x, f, m, and g.

Listen to some of the common consonant sounds. See this page for a complete list.

  • [b] sound - best, buy, boat

  • "Best" has the [b] sound:

  • [f] sound - fry, faint, fight

  • "Fry" has the [f] sound:

  • [k] sound - cake, kind, act

  • "Cake" has the [k] sound:

  • [s] sound - system, center, send

  • "System" has the [s] sound:

  • [ks] sound - relax, expect, fix

  • "Relax" has the [ks] sound:

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The Best Of The Best - Superlative Adjectives

Learn about superlative adjectives and form a superlative adjective correctly.

Superlative adjectives are for comparing thing with a group of other things.

For example, I can use "taller" to compare one person with another person:

"John is taller than James."

Let's say I want to compare John with everyone else. Then, I will use a superlative adjective.

"John is the tallest person in the group."

comparative adjective vs superlative adjective

Let's look at more superlative adjectives

  • CN

    Tallest

  • Usain Bolt

    Fastest

  • Beauty Pageant

    Prettiest

How To Form a Superlative Adjective

How do you form a superlative adjective? - It depends on the number of syllables.

Look at the following chart.

Rule chart for forming superlative adjectives

What is a Syllable?

A syllable is basically a unit of sound.

A syllable has 1 vowel sound, and it may or may not have a consonant sound.

Listen to these words, carefully.

  • American -

  • Angry -

  • Attention -

  • Bicycle -

  • Big -

  • Busy -

  • Canadian -

  • Cloudy -

  • Expensive -

  • Important -

  • Interesting -

  • Little -

  • Mindful -

  • Never -

  • Pleasant -

  • Polite -

  • Sad -

  • Scrawny -

  • Shocked -

  • Silly -

  • Strong -

  • Timely -

  • Thoughtful -

  • Worried -

For example, "Scrawny" has 2 syllables. "Scraw" has the "aw" vowel sound, and "ny" has the "ee" vowel sound. "Scr" part is the consonants, so by itself, it's not a syllable.

Another example is "Timely". It has 2 syllables. "Time" part has the "i" vowel sound and "ly" part has the "ee" vowel sound. "me" is almost silent, so by itself, it's not a syllable.

Vowels and Consonants

A vowel is a type of sound. Often (but not always), a vowel is represented by the letters A, E, I, O, U.

Listen to some of the common vowel sounds. See this page for a complete list.

  • [ai] sound - buy, ice, find

  • "Buy" has the [ai] sound:

  • [au] sound - mouse, house, now

  • "Mouse" has the [au] sound:

  • [e] sound - tell, press, dead

  • "Tell" has the [e] sound:

  • [o] sound - model, copy, rock

  • "Model" has the [o] sound:

  • [u:] sound - cute, room, blue

  • "Cute" has the [u:] sound:

Consonants are all other sounds. Often (but not always), a consonant is represented by other letters such as k, x, f, m, and g.

Listen to some of the common consonant sounds. See this page for a complete list.

  • [b] sound - best, buy, boat

  • "Best" has the [b] sound:

  • [f] sound - fry, faint, fight

  • "Fry" has the [f] sound:

  • [k] sound - cake, kind, act

  • "Cake" has the [k] sound:

  • [s] sound - system, center, send

  • "System" has the [s] sound:

  • [ks] sound - relax, expect, fix

  • "Relax" has the [ks] sound:

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