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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.”