Comparatives vs. Superlatives
Atualizado: 12 de Jun de 2020
Comparatives and superlatives are both used to compare nouns,
but they are used very differently.
Written by Jill Campanella-Dysart
A comparative is used to compare two nouns.
A superlative is used to compare three or more nouns.
A comparative is followed by “than.” Ex. Mike is shorter than Mark.
A superlative is preceded by “the”. Ex. Lydia is the smartest.
Note: Notice how both the comparative and superlative are meant to compare, but only the comparative requires both subjects to be present in the sentence.
There are a few exceptions to this rule. The most important is the adjectives “good” and “bad.”