A small number of adjectives are irregular in the way they make comparative and superlative forms.
The normal (regular) way to make comparative and superlative adjectives is to add -er/-est or use more/most, like this:
- big → bigger → biggest
- expensive → more expensive → most expensive
Irregular adjectives use completely different forms. Note, however, that some adjectives can be both regular and irregular, sometimes with a slight change in meaning. The most important irregular adjectives are listed in the table below.
|good||better||the best||irregular||Tara is the best athlete in the school.|
|well (healthy)||better||the best||He is still in hospital, but he is better than he was last week.|
|bad||worse||the worst||irregular||You are the worst driver I have ever known.|
|far||further||the furthest||irregular||My house is the furthest one.|
|farther||the farthest||regular||My house is the farther one.|
|old (people in a family)||elder||the eldest||irregular||Ram is my elder brother.|
|old (general use)||older||the oldest||regular||Your teacher is older than my teacher.|