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Comparison using superlative adjectives and adverbs

We use the superlative to compare somebody/something with the whole group that she/he/it belongs to.

  • Tom is the tallest of the four brothers.
  • Gold is the most precious of all metals. (OR Gold is the most precious metal.)

Grammar notes

Nouns with superlative adjectives normally take the article the (unless there is a possessive).

  • She is the best girl in the class. (NOT She is best girl )

Superlative adjectives in predicative position also tend to take the, though it is sometimes dropped in an informal style.

  • This book is (the) best.

The is sometimes dropped before superlative adverbs in an informal style.

  • Who can run (the) fastest?

After superlatives, we do not usually use of with a singular word referring to a place or a group.

  • He is the richest man in the world. (NOT of the world.)
  • Who is the fastest player in the team? (NOT of the team?)

But of can be used before plurals, and before singular quantifiers like lot and bunch.

  • Iron is the most useful of all metals.
  • He is the best of the lot.

Sections In This Article
Degrees of Comparison
Comparison using positive adjectives and adverbs
Comparison using comparative adjectives and adverbs
Comparison using superlative adjectives and adverbs
The difference between comparative and superlative
Degree modifiers with comparatives and superlatives
Making comparisons
Comparison of adjectives and adverbs
Pronouns after as and than

See Also
Comparative Degree
Superlative Degree



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