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Bertha, Pip, and Koko have decided to go head to head in the sequel to their favorite game: Biggest, Best, Hero Adventure! The score screen is using a superlative adverb to describe how they did! Let’s learn what's a superlative adverb and see some superlative adverb examples before their next round!

What is a Superlative Adverb?

Whats a superlative adverb? The superlative adverb definition states that it compares three actions or performances to one another.

How do we Make the Superlative Form of an Adverb?

Now that we can define superlative adverb, we will learn that there are many different ways to make the superlative form of an adverb.

Regular Superlative Adverbs

A regular superlative adverb follows rules and patterns.

  • If an adverb ends with the suffix ly, add least or most in front of the word. For example, the adverbs likely and evenly change to the superlative form by adding least or most in front, making them least likely and most evenly.

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  • If an adverb does not have the suffix ly, add est to the end. For example, the adverbs long and high change to the superlative form by adding the suffix est to the end, making them longest and highest.

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Irregular Superlative Adverbs

Irregular superlative adverbs don't follow any of these rules, so we need to memorize how to make each of these adverbs superlative!

For example, the superlative adverb of badly is worse.

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What is a Superlative Adverb Summary

What is superlative adverb? To Define Superlative Adverbs means that it compares three actions or performances to one another. A regular superlative adverb follows rules and patterns. Irregular superlative adverbs don't follow any of these rules, so we need to memorize how to make each of these adverbs superlative. Keep all this in mind the next time you want to use a superlative adverb.

Want some more practice with superlative adverbs? On this website you will find examples, worksheets, and other activities!

Transcript Superlative Adverbs

Superlative Adverbs Bertha, Pip, and Koko have decided to go head to head in the sequel to their favorite game: Biggest, Best, Hero Adventure! The score screen is using superlative adverbs to describe how they did! Let's take a closer look. An adverb, describes an action by answering questions such as: how?,(...) when?,(...) where?,(...) how often?,(...) and in what way?. A superlative adverb compares THREE or more actions or performances to one another. Regular superlative adverbs follow rules and patterns. If an adverb ends with the suffix , add 'least' or 'most' in front of the word. For example, the adverbs 'likely' and 'evenly' change to the superlative form by... adding 'least' or 'most' in front, making them 'least likely' and 'most evenly'. The score screen says: Out of all players, Koko is the least likely to complete the level first. By adding 'least' to make 'least likely', we are compaing when Koko will complete the level to the other players. It is common for superlative adverbs to have ‘the’ before them, but it is NOT always necessary. The score screen says: The power-ups were divided most evenly among the players. Here, we do not use 'the', and we are still able to compare how the power-ups were divided. Not all adverbs end in the suffix . If an adverb does not have the suffix , add to the end. For example, the adverbs 'long' and 'high' change to the superlative form by... adding the suffix to the end, making them 'longest' and 'highest'. The score screen says: Pip collected the highest amount of coins in that level. By adding the suffix to make 'highest', we are able to compare the amount of coins Pip collected to the other players. Irregular superlative adverbs don't follow any of these rules, so... we need to memorize how to make each of these adverbs superlative! In some cases, the superlative form makes the entire word different... such as, changing the adverb badly to worst... and well to best. In other cases, some word parts remain similiar, such as... far to furthest or farthest... little to least... and early to earliest. The score screen says: The player to get the golden key EARLIEST was Bertha. By changing 'early' to 'earliest', we compare when Bertha got the golden key to the other players. Before they start the next level, let's summarize. Remember, (...) a superlative adverb compares THREE or more actions or performances to one another. Regular superlative adverbs follow rules and patterns while irregular superlative adverbs don't follow any rules, so... we need to memorize how to make each of these adverbs superlative! Looks like game time is over! Koko's Dad wants them to enjoy the sunshine! I'm not sure this is what Koko's Dad meant...

Superlative Adverbs exercise

Would you like to apply the knowledge you’ve learned? You can review and practice it with the tasks for the video Superlative Adverbs.
  • Determine if the adverbs are regular or irregular.

    Hints

    There is one regular, and one irregular adverb in each sentence.

    Solution

    These examples are all irregular and need to be memorized:

    • Worst is the superlative for badly.
    • Furthest is the superlative of far.
    • Best is the superlative of well.
    • Earliest is the superlative of early.

  • Identify which sentences contain superlative adverbs.

    Hints

    Superlative adverbs compare 3 or more actions or performances.

    Superlative adverbs say what something is like to a degree. For example, if you did very badly at a game you might feel like the worst player.

    Sometimes superlative adverbs follow the words most or least compare one action to another.

    Solution
    • Sentence 1 uses superlative adverbs as it is comparing all three friends.
    • Sentence 2 does not use superlative adverbs because it is only comparing 2 flavors.
    • Sentence 3 does not use superlative adverbs because is just describing the dog, it uses an adjective.
    • Sentence 4 uses superlative adverbs as it compares 4 members of a family.
  • Identify the adverbs in their superlative form.

    Hints

    Irregular adverbs don't follow the usual rules. For these exceptions, you need to memorize the superlative form.

    Complete the sequence: good, better, ______.

    Complete the sequence: bad, worse, _____.

    Solution

    Irregular superlative adverbs need to be memorized.
    Regular adverbs: early, far
    Irregular adverbs: well, badly, little, much

  • Identify the correct and incorrect superlative adverbs.

    Hints

    Example:
    Out of all the players, Koko is least likely to complete the level first.

    Example:
    Pip collected the highest amount of coins in the level.

    In each sentence there is one mistake, and one correct superlative adverb.

    Solution

    Incorrect answers:

    • Least and most cannot be combined with the ending est to make a superlative form.
    • Best, worst, and most are already superlative, and cannot be combined with the ending est.
    • When an adverb ends with the letter Y, such as with early the y is changed to an i to create iest for the superlative form.
  • Determine which superlative adverbs are used with "most" and "least".

    Hints

    Adverbs that end with the suffix -est, such as easiest, do not use the words the most or the least to complete the superlative form.

    Adverbs that end with the suffix -est, such as fastest, do not use the words the most or the least to complete the superlative form.

    Solution

    The adverbs likely and carefully both end in ly, and must have the words most or least before them.

  • Write the adverbs below in their superlative form.

    Hints

    There are 3 irregular adverbs.

    Regular adverbs always end in -est or -ly.

    Solution

    The correct answers are shown in the image above.
    The regular adverbs in this problem are: carefully, evenly, slowly, and longest.
    The irregular adverbs in this problem are: most, best, and farthest.