Below is a chart with the most common irregular comparatives and superlatives:

adjective          comparative          superlative

good                better than              the best

bad                   worse than              the worst

little                 less than                  the least

far                    farther than             the farthest

many               more than                the most

much               more than                the most

old                    older / elder            the oldest / the eldest

late                   later / latter             the latest / the last

near                  nearer                       the nearest / the next


These are sentences with irregular comparatives and superlatives:

  • That restaurant has the best steak I’ve ever tasted.  You should go there with a friend and order the filet mignon.
  • I did worse on the test than all of my classmates!  I wish I had studied harder.
  • It’s farther from your parents house to the airport than from mine, so you should sleep over and I’ll take you to the airport tomorrow morning.
  • Excuse me, can you tell me how to get to the nearest gas station?
  • She’s the eldest daughter of Marty McFly.
  • That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. Who told you that?
  • The most fish he ever caught in a day was 38.
  • You have more points than me; you won.

Exercises: Irregular Comparatives & Superlatives

1. I wish I had a (good / gooder / best / better) car. Mine is always breaking down on my way to work.

2. There is (fewer / the least / less / lest) water in the bottle than I thought. I have to go fill it up again before leaving.

3. Did you the (later / latest / late / laterer) news?

4. Who is the (older / elder / most old / oldest) child in the family?

5. She chose the (closerest / close / closest / most close) grocery store to her house.

6. How much (more / many / most / morer) do you need?

Comparatives & Superlatives

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