Adjectives - Good, Better and Best

Summary: A brief look at English adjectives whose comparative and superlative forms are irregular.

English has a few adjectives whose comparative and superlative forms are irregular. That is, they don't form the usual patterns for forming comparatives and superlatives (-er, -est; or -ier, iest; or more-, most-).

Positive Comparative Superlative
good better best
bad worse worst
little littler, less littlest, least
far farther, further farthest, furthest

It is fair to say that those adjectives known as "absolute terms" are also irregular adjectives, because they have no comparatives whatsoever. For ESL learners it is important to learn "good, better, best" and "bad, worse, worst" because they are very commonly used. Also, "more, most" and "less, least" are very commonly used.

Base word Comparative Superlative
good better best
bad worse worst
little less least
much (many) more most
well better best
far further furthest
 

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