Comparative and superlative adverbs

With adverbs ending in -ly, use more for the comparative and most for the superlative.

Adverb Comparative Superlative
quietly more quietly most quietly
slowly more slowly most slowly
seriously more seriously most seriously
Examples
  • The teacher spoke more slowly to help us to understand.
  • Could you sing more quietly please?

For short adverbs that do not end in -ly, comparative and superlative forms are the same as for adjectives: add -er for the comparative and -est for the superlative. If the adverb ends in e, remove it before adding the ending.

Adverb Comparative Superlative
hard harder hardest
fast faster fastest
late later latest
Examples
  • Jim works harder than his brother.
  • Everyone in the race ran fast, but John ran the fastest of all.

Some adverbs have irregular comparative forms.

Adverb Comparative Superlative
badly worse worst
far farther/further farthest/furthest
little less least
well better best
Examples
  • The little boy ran farther than his friends.
  • You're driving worse today than yesterday !
  • He played the best of any player.
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