Superlatives, 1

 
 
 

Superlative adjectives highlight one (or more) among a group of items. They identify the item(s) as having the highest or lowest quality referred to.


Structure of Superlative Adjectives: Intensifying

Superlative = the (adjective)-est/iest or
Superlative = the most + adjective

 
 
Examples:

Adjective Superlative
smart the smartest
hot the hottest
heavy the heaviest
important the most important
ridiculous the most ridiculous
technical the most technical

 

See SUPERLATIVE STRUCTURES

Superlative Sentence Structures:
Positive and Intensifying

Forms of the verb be:
be, am, is, are, was, were, been, being
Subject + be + (one of) + superlative (noun)
Subject + main verb + (one of) + superlative (noun)

Examples:
• Elephants are the biggest land animals.
• Shaq O’Neal was one of the greatest basketball players.
• Dr. Sundari uses the most powerful computer in the lab.

The company’s best hacker fixed the system.
• I bought the latest smartphone.
• Smita was the brightest student in our class.
• Only the best can perform at the City Concert Hall.
• The football captain is dating the most popular girl.

 

Negative Sentences

Subject + be + (not) + superlative (noun)
Subject + do not + verb-1+ superlative (noun)

Examples:
• I am not the most qualified person for this position.
• English isn’t the most difficult language to learn.
• The old cannery didn’t produce the worst pollution in town.
• This restaurant doesn’t serve the tastiest bean soup.
• The team with the best record didn’t win the championship.

Yes-No Questions

Be + subject + superlative (noun)?

Do + subject + verb-1 + superlative (noun)?

Examples:
• Are tortoises the slowest animals?
• Does parsley contain the most antioxidants per serving?
• Is classical literature the most boring subject?
• Were the Beatles the most famous rock group?

 

 

WH Questions

WH-Q word + be + superlative (noun)?

WH-Q word + do + subject + verb-1 + superlative (noun)?

Examples:
• Who is or was the greatest magician?
• When is the best time to get married?
• How did Blanche became the highest paid salesperson in the company?

 
 
 
 


 
 

 
 
 
 
Answer the following questions

Fill in the blanks, or say if you agree or disagree. Say why and give examples.

 

Culture

1. The most popular TV show is Scooby Doo. True or false? What is the most watched or most popular TV show?

2. What is the most popular meal or food in your city? What is the most delicious food?

3. Is Donald Trump the richest person? Who is the richest person in your school or city?

4. I am the smartest person in my school. Is this right or wrong? Who is the smartest person?

5. What is the most popular hobby or pastime?

6. The most famous or popular singer is Lady Gaga. What do you think?
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
People and Places

7. The most common (first) names in my country are Barney and Matilda. Is this correct or incorrect?

8. Is the most common surname in your nation Smith? What are the most common surnames in your country? What are the most common surnames in neighboring countries?

9. What is the most common job? What is the most popular job?

10. The most beautiful woman is . . . . . Who is the most handsome man?

11. The most expensive item in the shopping center is . . . .

12. The most beautiful place is New York City. Do you agree?

 

 
 
 

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