One of the jobs of an adverb is to modify a verb action, for example:
If we want to compare one verb action with another, we can use a comparative adverb, for example:
- Joe ran fast, but Mary came first because she ran faster.
The superlative form of an adverb is used to say what thing or person does something to the greater degree within a group or of its kind.
Superlatives can be preceded by 'the'. The rule for forming the superlative of an adverb
is if it has the same form as an adjective add the suffix -est to the end.
fast – Mary ran the fastest.
Hard - the hardest
High – the highest
Early – the earliest
Soon – the soonest
Near – the nearest
Late – the latest
When an adverb ends in -ly, "the most" is put in front of the adverb.
Frequently – Alex toasted the most frequently on the wedding.
Angrily – the most angrily
Bravely - the most bravely
Carefully - the most carefully
Generously - the most generously
Happily - the most happily
Lovely - the most lovely
Perfectly - the most perfectly
Sadly - the most sadly Irregular adverbs are exceptions:
Far – farther - the farthest
forth – further - the furthest
badly - worse - the worst
well – better – the best
late – later – the latest
little – less – the least
much – more – the most
Words with No Comparative and Superlative Forms
- Jill did the best in the test.
- Jack did the worst in the test.
Not all adjectives and adverbs can have a comparative or superlative form.
No type of comparison is possible with certain adjectives and adverbs.
They cannot show a greater or lesser amount, so they can only have one form.
Some of these words are:
- Incorrect: She was the most unique bride of the year.
- Correct: She was a unique bride.
(Unique means one of a kind. There is no other like it, so it is not possible to be more or less unique.)