Superlatives

Superlatives are used to compare things and say which one is the biggest, strongest, fastest, etc or the most/least. For example:

  • Mi casa es la más grande (My house is the biggest).
  • Ana es la menos trabajadora (Ana is the least hardworking).

This is how to form superlatives:

Word chain to construct Spanish " el/la/los/las + mas/menos + adjective"

Irregular superlatives

These superlatives are irregular and don't follow the same pattern, eg:

Es la peor asignatura (It's the worst subject).

el/la mejor, los/las mejoresthe best
el/la peor, los/las peoresthe worst
el/la mayor, los/las mayoresthe oldest
el/la menor, los/ las menoresthe youngest
Question

Change the adjectives in these sentences into superlatives.

Example: La casa es grande (The house is big) → La casa es la más grande (The house is the biggest).

  1. El estudiante es inteligente (The student is intelligent).
  2. La película es mala (The film is bad).
  3. Los bocadillos son deliciosos (The sandwiches are delicious).
  4. Las playas son buenas (The beaches are good).
  1. El estudiante es el más/el menos inteligente (The student is the most/least intelligent).
  2. La película es la peor (The film is the worst). Here, the irregular superlative la peor is used.
  3. Los bocadillos son los más/menos deliciosos (The sandwiches are the most/least delicious).
  4. Las playas son las mejores (The beaches are the best). Here, the irregular superlative las mejores is used.

Absolute superlatives

If something is so amazingly good or bad that it can't be compared to anything, then you need the absolute superlative, eg las pizzas son grandísimas (the pizzas are really, really big). This is formed by removing the final vowel from the adjective (if there is one) and adding the ending -ísimo (or -ísima/-ísimos/-ísimas) to make sure it agrees with the noun. For example:

bueno → buenísimo

malo → malísimo

grande → grandísimo