English with Nab

Comparatives & Superlatives

Comparatives & Superlatives

When adjectives are used to compare two or more things, they are called comparative adjectives and superlative adjectives.

Regular comparative/superlative adjectives are formed by adding -er/-est to the end of the adjective, or by placing more/most in front of the adjective.

Irregular adjectives change form in the comparative/superlative states. Take a look at the following chart of regular and irregular adjectives in the comparative and superlative forms:

 Nouns as Adjectives

Sometimes nouns can also be used to describe another noun, in which case the first noun performs as an adjective. The noun acting as the adjective always comes first and is almost always singular:

  • police office – an office where police work
  • math teacher – a teacher who teaches math
  • race horse – a horse ridden in races
  • horse race – a race for horses
  • golf ball – a ball for playing golf
  • basketball shoes – shoes for playing basketball
  • coffee shop – a shop that sells coffee 

*NOTE: Most “nouns as adjectives” CANNOT be plural: 

  • races car – X
  • coffees shop – X
  • golfs ball – X


These are exceptions to the rule and CAN be plural: 

  • sports game
  • clothes drawer
  • customs officer
  • accounts manager
Grammar in nutshell
Using correct grammar makes listening and reading easier for others...
Rated 5.00 out of 5
Confusing word
Some words look the same, while others sound the same....
Rated 5.00 out of 5
Phrasal Verb List
Phrasal verbs are important because they are part of the...
Rated 5.00 out of 5
400 Common mistakes
Mistake or Error is an action or judgment that is...
Rated 5.00 out of 5
300 English Idioms
An idiom is a commonly used phrase in the language...
Rated 5.00 out of 5
35 Questions to an Interview
You will very likely be interviewed many times in your...
Rated 5.00 out of 5
English for Everyone
For every single English student that complains about the lack...
Rated 5.00 out of 5
I Am a Better Speaker
Everything you want in life is on the other side...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *