Comparative and superlative in German

It doesn´t matter how long the adjective is, the comparative is formed by adding “-er” to the basic form. A similar pattern applies to the superlative. The adjective comes after the noun and you simply add “-sten” and use the word “am” in front of the superlative.

Comparative adjective

For the most adjectives you simply add “-er” in the comparative form and most of the monosyllabic adjectives with stem vowels a, o or u also add “-er” but the vowels change to an umlaut (ä, ö or ü). Note: there are a few exceptions.

Examples

comperative in German

Superlative adjective

For the most adjectives the superlative is formed by adding “-sten” to the adjective and the word “am” is in front of the adjective. Note that most monosyllabic adjectives with stem vowels a, o, u add “sten” and an umlaut.

Examples:

superlative in German
Compare: The German equivalent of the english form “than” is “als” and follows the comperative adjective.

English:      100 is bigger than 10
German:     100 ist größer als 10


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