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SUPERLATIVES

SUPERLATIVES


                           
  Study these examples:                  
                           
  What is the longest river in the world?          
  What was the most enjoyable vacation you've ever had?    
  longest and most enjoyable are superlative forms    
                           
                           
                           
We use  - est or most .... to form the superlative of adjectives     
and adverbs. In general we use  - est for shorter words and     
most ... for longer words.                
                           
                           
                           
                           
  long / longest     hot / hottest       easy / easiest     hard / hardest    
  most famous      most boring        most difficult       most expensive  
                           
                           
  Yesterday was the hottest day of the year.          
  That was the most boring movie I've ever seen.          
  Why did you stay at that hotel? It was the cheapest we could find.  
  She is really nice person - one of the nicest people I know.      
                           
Note the irregular superlative best and worst :          
                           
  That was a delicious meal. It is one of the best I've ever had.    
  Why does he always come to see me at the worst possible moment?  
                           
Don't forget that we normally use  the with superlative     
" the best," the most boring"              
                           
                           
                           
Oldest and Eldest                    
                           
The superlative of old is oldest              
                           
    That house over there is the the oldest building       
    in the town. < not the eldest >            
                           
    My eldest < oldest > son is13 years old.        
    Are you the eldest < oldest > in your family?      
                           
After superlatives, we use in with places  town, buildings, etc  
                           
    What is the longest river in the world?          
    We were lucky to have one of the nicest rooms in the hotel.  
Note that we often use the present perfect after a superlative:  
                           
    What's the best movie you've ever seen?        
    That was the most delicious meal I've had in a long    
    time.                    
                           
We sometimes use most + adjective < without the > to mean    
very :                        
                           
                           
                           
    The book you lent me was most interesting      
    < very interesting >                
    Thank you for the money. It was most generous of you.  
    < very generous >                
                           
                           
                           

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