100 English superlatives

Superlatives - that hot summer's day the sky was the bluest and the most perfect she'd ever seen

 

A superlative is the form of an adjective or adverb that’s used to show that someone or something has the extreme or unsurpassed level of a particular quality – more than anyone or anything else.

We use superlatives when we’re comparing more than two items, people, and places etc. We use the comparative form when comparing two.

Superlatives are usually formed by adding the suffix ‘-est’ (e.g. fastest) or the word ‘most’ (e.g. most delicious).

Never use ‘most’ and ‘โ€“est’ together – e.g. ‘most hungriest’, ‘most funniest’ and ‘most kindest’ ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Example sentences using superlatives

The coldest place on earth is in Antarctica.

The Sahara desert and the Gobi desert are two of the hottest places on earth.

That was the easiest English exam ever!

My grandmother is the wisest person I know.

What’s the saddest movie you’ve ever watched?

She was the most attractive woman in the room.

Delhi is one of the most crowded cities in the world.

 

100 English superlatives

  1. the best
  2. the biggest
  3. the bluest
  4. the bravest
  5. the busiest
  6. the cleverest
  7. the coldest
  8. the driest
  9. the easiest
  10. the fastest
  11. the fattest
  12. the funniest
  13. the gentlest
  14. the happiest
  15. the healthiest
  16. the highest
  17. the hottest
  18. the kindest
  19. the largest
  20. the latest
  21. the longest
  22. the loudest
  23. the luckiest
  24. the meanest
  25. the nicest
  26. the oldest
  27. the prettiest
  28. the quickest
  29. the quietest
  30. the richest
  31. the saddest
  32. the safest
  33. the shortest
  34. the simplest
  35. the smallest
  36. the smartest
  37. the strangest
  38. the strongest
  39. the tallest
  40. the thinnest
  41. the weakest
  42. the wettest
  43. the wisest
  44. the worst
  45. the youngest
  46. the most admirable
  47. the most athletic
  48. the most attractive
  49. the most amusing
  50. the most awesome
  51. the most beautiful
  52. the most boring
  53. the most careful
  54. the most caring
  55. the most charming
  56. the most clever
  57. the most comfortable
  58. the most complicated
  59. the most crowded
  60. the most daring
  61. the most dependable
  62. the most difficult
  63. the most economical
  64. the most efficient
  65. the most embarrassing
  66. the most exciting
  67. the most expensive
  68. the most extraordinary
  69. the most extroverted
  70. the most famous
  71. the most forgetful
  72. the most fragrant
  73. the most funny
  74. the most generous
  75. the most gentle
  76. the most graceful
  77. the most grateful
  78. the most important
  79. the most inspirational
  80. the most intelligent
  81. the most interesting
  82. the most introverted
  83. the most irritating
  84. the most modern
  85. the most musical
  86. the most organized
  87. the most original
  88. the most peaceful
  89. the most photogenic
  90. the most pleasant
  91. the most popular
  92. the most talented
  93. the most talkative
  94. the most thoughtful
  95. the most trustworthy
  96. the most unforgettable
  97. the most valuable

Examples of irregular superlatives

98. good – the best
99. bad โ€“ the worst
100. far โ€“ the farthest/furthest

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Everything by Alanis Morissette – listen out for the superlatives she uses in her song (some of them are in the extracts below the video)

Extracts:

I am the wisest woman you’ve ever met.
I am the kindest soul with whom you’ve connected.
I have the bravest heart that you’ve ever seen
And you’ve never met anyone
Who’s as positive as I am sometimes.

I’m the funniest woman that you’ve ever known
I’m the dullest woman that you’ve ever known
I’m the most gorgeous woman that you’ve ever known
And you’ve never met anyone
Who is as everything as I am sometimes.

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  1. Thanks Angela. Even for a native English person, it’s good to be reminded about our language – it’s rules and idiosyncratic ways, it’s structure and richness. Because of this, I used to love learning English when I was at school. It was like having a History lesson as well.
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