The superlative

The superlative form works as it does in English (the best, the most, the largest, etc). It is formed using a definite article (le, la, les) and the adverb plus or moins.

- Tu ne trouves pas que Paris est la plus belle ville de France ? -Don't you think that Paris is the most beautiful city in France?
- C’est surtout la moins ensoleillée. -It's certainly the least sunny.

As with comparatives, superlatives can be used with ajectives, adverbs, verbs and nouns.

Superiority +
Inferiority -
le/la/les plus/moins + adjective + (de)
Victor est le plus grand écrivain de tous les temps.
Victor is the greatest writer of all time.
La voiture la moins chère c'est la mienne.
The least expensive car is mine.
verb + le plus/moins
C’est Marcel qui mange le plus.
Marcel is the one who eats the most.
C'est Gérard qui travaille le moins.
Gérard is the one who works the least.
le plus/moins + adverb
C’est Fabienne qui travaille le plus sérieusement.
Fabienne is the one who works the most diligently.
C’est moi qui cours le moins vite.
I'm the one who runs the least quickly.
le plus/moins de + noun
Victor Hugo est l'écrivain qui a eu le plus de succès.
Victor Hugo is the writer who has had the most success.
C'est Muriel Petite qui a le moins de chance au jeu.
Muriel Petite is the one who has the least amount of luck playing games.
Note that when the superlative is formed with an adverb, verb or noun, the article LE remains unchanged (either le plus or le moins). When formed with an adjective, the article can vary: le, la ou les plus/moins.

Avec un verbe : C'est Victor qui parle le plus. C'est Juliette qui parle le plus. Ce sont Jeanine et Solange qui parlent le plus. With a verb: It's Victor who speaks the most. It's Juliette who speaks the most. It's Jeanine and Solange who speak the most.
Avec un adjectif : Victor est le plus romantique. Juliette est la plus romantique. Ce sont Jeanine et Solange les plus gentilles. With an adjective: Victor is the most romantic. Juliette is the most romantic. Jeanine and Solange are the nicest.

Still having trouble with 'The superlative'? Master the rules of French grammar and improve your French level thanks to our online French lessons Frantastique. We're offering a 7-day free trial, so what are you waiting for?

What our users say:



I enjoy doing my online French lessons. Only ten minutes daily are enough...Thank you!



I love your innovative method which allows me to learn a new language and have fun at the same time!



Your method is unique! Your courses have helped me to progress and gain confidence during my travels.



Gymglish has allowed me to improve my French. A daily routine I wouldn't miss for anything in the world!

More testimonials.

Looking to improve French for beginners? Frantastique provides effective and fun training!

Tips for learning 'The superlative'? Share them with us!