We form the superlative as follows:
- Using am + the ending -sten:
Das Bild ist am schönsten.
The picture is the most beautiful.
- Before a noun: with der/die/das (the) + the ending ‑ste:
Das ist das schönste Bild.
This is the most beautiful picture.
- These are the most important irregular forms to learn:
gern → lieber → am liebsten
willingly → more willingly → most willingly (note: these words are mostly used to refer to what we like doing)
gut → besser → am besten
good → better → best
hoch → höher → am höchsten
high → higher → highest
viel → mehr → am meisten
a lot → more → most
- The superlative takes the same endings as a normal adjective. Adjektivdeklination 1
Wir sind auf dem höchsten Berg Deutschlands. (der Berg)
We are on the highest mountain in Germany.
- As in the comparative, a, o and u often take an umlaut:
jung → (jünger) → (am) jüngsten
young → (younger) → youngest
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