The superlative

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The superlative

The superlative is constructed in one of the following ways:

  • am + adjective + ‑sten ending

Ich schwimme am schnellsten.

I swim fastest.

Er isst am liebsten Eis.

He likes eating ice cream best.

Dieses Hotel ist am billigsten.

This hotel is the cheapest.

  • der/die/das + adjective + ‑ste ending + noun

Der höchste Berg Deutschlands ist die Zugspitze.

The highest mountain in German is the Zugspitze.

Die lustigste Komödie des Jahres.

The funniest comedy of the year.

Wir feiern in der schönsten Kneipe der Stadt.

We are celebrating in the nicest pub in town.

  • As in the comparative, a, o and u often take an umlaut:

jung (jünger) (am) jüngsten

young (younger) youngest 

groß (größer) (am) größten

big (bigger) biggest

  • 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

Note: an e is often added before the endings ‑sten und ‑ste in order to make pronunciation easier.

Betty ist am ältesten.

Betty is the oldest.

Der weiteste Weg.

The longest path.

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