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The superlative is used to say what thing or person has the most of a particular quality within a group or of its kind. Superlative adjectives normally come before any other adjectives.

FormRuleFor example
Words of one syllable ending in 'e'.
Add -st to the end of the word.
wide - widest
Words of one syllable, with one vowel and one consonant at the end. Double the consonant and add -est to the end of the word. big - biggest
Words of one syllable, with more than one vowel or more than one consonant at the end.Add - est to the end of the word. high - highest
Words of two syllables, ending in 'y'. Change 'y' to 'i', and add -est to the end of the word. happy - happiest
Words of two syllables or more, not ending in 'y'. Place 'the most' before the adjective.beautiful - the most beautiful 

Forming the superlative

The following adjectives are exceptions:

    * 'good' becomes 'the best'
    * 'bad' becomes 'the worst'
    * 'far' becomes 'the furthest'

For example:

    * "Jill is the best student in the class ."
    * "Jack is the worst student in the class."
    * "In our solar system the planet Pluto is the furthest planet from the Sun."

!Note - superlatives are usually preceded by 'the'.

For example:

    * "The Rio de la Plata river, on the southeast coastline of South America, is the widest river in the world."
    * According to the List of World records Carol Yager (1960-1994), from Michigan, is the fattest person ever to live, weighing 725 kg (1,600 lb).
    * "Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world."
    * "I think that Castle Combe is the prettiest village in England."
    * "Arguably, Rome is the most beautiful city in the world."

source: http://www.learnenglish.de/

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