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Comparative and Superlative List

Comparative and superlative adjectives are used to compare the difference between things. 

Comparative adjectives are used to compare the difference between two things. Examples include, taller, bigger, faster, stronger, more expensive, etc.

Superlative adjectives are used to compare three or more things. Examples include, the tallest, the biggest, the fastest, the strongest, the most expensive, etc. 

When making comparative and superlative sentences we must change the adjective into the comparative or superlative form. 

In this post we have put together a useful list of common adjectives with their comparative and superlative forms. Below you’ll find a list of both regular and irregular comparative and superlative adjectives.

First, let’s take a look at the rules for changing adjectives into their comparative and superlative forms. 

Related: Comparative And Superlative Activities

Comparative And Superlative Rules

  • With regular one syllable adjectives, to make the comparative form we simply add -er, and to make the superlative form we add -est

For example, fast fasterfastest

  • With one and two syllable adjectives that end in -y, it is slightly different. To make the comparative form the y is dropped and -ier is added. To make the superlative form, the y is dropped and -iest is added. 

For example, happy happierhappiest

  • With adjectives that end with a single vowel followed by a single consonant, then the consonant is doubled and -er / -est is added.

For example, big biggerbiggest.

  • With 2 syllable adjectives that don’t end in -y, and all 3 or more syllable adjectives, we add more to make the comparative form, and most to make the superlative form.

For example, beautiful more beautifulthe most beautiful.

It is important to note that there are irregular adjectives that do not follow these rules and so students need to memorize the comparative and superlative forms of irregular adjectives. 

Below you will find a list of common regular comparative and superlative adjectives followed by a list of irregular adjectives.

Comparative And Superlative List

Regular Adjectives

AdjectiveComparativeSuperlative
angryangrierangriest
beautifulmore beautifulmost beautiful
bigbiggerbiggest
boringmore boringmost boring
cheapcheapercheapest
cleancleanercleanest
clevercleverercleverest
closecloserclosest
coldcoldercoldest
coolcoolercoolest
crazycraziercraziest
crispycrispiercrispiest
cutecutercutest
darkdarkerdarkest
deepdeeperdeepest
dirtydirtierdirtiest
drydrierdriest
earlyearlierearliest
easyeasiereasiest
expensivemore expensivemost expensive
fastfasterfastest
fatfatterfattest
fewfewerfewest
fitfitterfittest
flatflatterflattest
freshfresherfreshest
funnyfunnierfunniest
greatgreatergreatest
hairyhairierhairiest
happyhappierhappiest
healthyhealthierhealthiest
heavyheavierheaviest
highhigherhighest
hothotterhottest
hungryhungrierhungriest
interestingmore interestingmost interesting
kindkinderkindest
largelargerlargest
latelaterlatest
lightlighterlightest
littlelittlerlittlest
longlongerlongest
loudlouderloudest
lowlowerlowest
modernmore modernmost modern
nearnearernearest
newnewernewest
nicenicernicest
oldolderoldest
poorpoorerpoorest
popularmore popularmost popular
quickquickerquickest
richricherrichest
sadsaddersaddest
saltysaltiersaltiest
scaryscarierscariest
shortshortershortest
skinnyskinnierskinniest
slowslowerslowest
smallsmallersmallest
smartsmartersmartest
softsoftersoftest
strongstrongerstrongest
talltallertallest
thickthickerthickest
tiredmore tiredmost tired
uglyuglierugliest
warmwarmerwarmest
weakweakerweakest
wetwetterwettest
widewiderwidest
youngyoungeryoungest

Irregular Adjectives

AdjectiveComparativeSuperlative
goodbetterbest
badworseworst
muchmoremost
farfurtherfurthest
lesslesserleast
manymoremost
wellbetterbest

Comparative And Superlative Activities

If you are teaching comparative and superlative adjectives then here are some great activities you can use, and other related lesson materials.

Comparatives Quiz

Superlative Quiz

Thanks for reading. I hope you found this comparative and superlative list useful. 

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