Unit 6.1

Degree Modifiers with Superlatives

Syntax - 2 minutes

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Introduction

Superlative adjectives/adverbs are determiners used to make a comparison between things, people or actions, expressing the superiority of one thing, person or action which has a higher level of a particular quality. {see Adjective – Superlative, A1 level}

By using degree modifiers, the degree of the superlatives is intensified.

Form

Degree modifiers with superlatives, appear before the superlative adjective.

The most commonly used are: almost, by far, definitely, easily, possibly...

NOTE: We cannot use all modifiers with superlatives. 

Example

  • That was almost the best interview I’ve ever had.
  • My grandfather is by far the oldest person in our workplace.
  • She is definitely the most intelligent person for the HR manager.
  • This job advertisement is easily the best one.
  • This is possibly the most efficient laboratory I’ve ever been to.

Use

We use degree modifiers with superlatives to increase the degree of the superlative adjective.

Summary

We can use certain degree modifiers before superlatives to increase the superlative degree.

The most commonly used degree modifiers are: definitely, by far, possibly, almosteasily

For example:
“Claire is definitely the most talented girl in the class” = The degree modifier definitely intensifies the meaning that she is the most talented girl among the students, expressed with the superlative.
“Claire is the most talented girl in the class” = We use just the superlative to express the superiority without putting emphasis on the superlative degree.

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.

Exercise

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