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7.8: Irregularities in the Comparative and Superlative

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    Like English, German has some irregular forms of the comparative and superlative forms of adjectives and adverbs. Consider the irregular forms “good,” “better,” “best,” compared to the regular forms “red,” “redder,” “reddest.” (See Unit 6.)

    ROOT COMPARATIVE SUPERLATIVE
    gern (gladly) lieber (preferably) am liebsten (to like most of all)
    gut (good) besser best-, am besten
    hoch or hoh (high) höher höchst-, am höchsten
    nah (near) näher nächst-, am nächsten
    oft (often) öfter häufigst-, am häufigsten
    viel (much) mehr meist-, am meisten

    This page titled 7.8: Irregularities in the Comparative and Superlative is shared under a CC BY-NC-SA license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Howard Martin revised by Alan Ng.

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