46 Irregular Comparatives and Superlatives

Introduction

Comparatives are used to compare two things, people or actions while superlatives express the superiority of one thing, person or action.

There are some adjectives and adverbs with irregular comparatives and superlatives.

Form

Irregular comparatives and superlatives do not follow the general formation rule. The most commonly used irregular comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs are:

Adjectives Adverbs Comparative Superlative
bad (adj.) badly (adv.) worse the worst
little little less the least
much much more the most
good (adj.) well (adv.) better the best
far far farther/further the farthest/furthest

Example

Comparative

  • Susan is a better assistant than her sister.
  • You have to go farther to get to the lawyer’s office.
  • Peter is going to talk to him later about the house.

Superlative

  • John is the best assistant in the office.
  • This is the furthest point I’ve ever reached in the agency!
  • They come to the garage the latest.

Use

The irregular comparatives and superlatives are used in the same way as the regular ones.

Summary

With irregular adjectives/adverbs, the comparative and superlative forms cannot be created in the same way as the regular ones and they should be learned by heart. The most commonly used are:

  • Bad (adj.) – badly (adv.) ⇒ worse (comp.) – the worst (super.);
  • Good (adj.) – well (adv.) ⇒ better (comp.) – the best (super.).

For example:
— Comparative: “You can write a good CV.” ⇒ “You can write a better CV.” / “You can write a gooder CV.
— Superlative: “You can write a good CV.” ⇒ “You can write the best CV.” / “You can write the goodest CV.

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