Unit 100. Superlatives – the longest, the most enjoyable, etc.
We use -est
… to form the superlative of adjectives and adverbs. In general we use -est
for shorter words and most
… for longer words. (The rules are the same as those for the comparative – see Unit 97
.) For example:
long/longest hot/hottest easy/easiest hard/hardest
but: most famous most boring most difficult most expensive
For spelling rules see Appendix 3.
Note that we often use the present perfect (I have done) after a superlative (see also Unit 14a):
What’s the best movie you’ve ever seen?
That was the most delicious meal I’ve had in a long time.
We sometimes use most + adjective (without the) to mean very:
The book you lent me was most interesting. (= very interesting)
Thank you for the money. It was most generous of you. (= very generous)