The superlative

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The superlative

To form the superlative:

  • With am + the ending ‑sten:

Das Bild ist am schönsten.

This 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

Notes:

  • 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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