Common mistakes in the use of comparatives and superlatives
In this article, we will take a look at some common mistakes in the use of comparatives and superlatives.
Incorrect: He is worst than I.
Correct: He is worse than I.
Incorrect: Mumbai is hot than Jammu.
Correct: Mumbai is hotter than Jammu.
We use comparative adjectives with than.
Incorrect: From the two he is the taller.
Correct: He is the taller of the two.
Incorrect: From the three he is the tallest.
Correct: He is the tallest of the three.
Incorrect: Of the two plans this is the best.
Correct: Of the two plans this is the better.
When a group has only two members, we use the comparative instead of the superlative.
Incorrect: I am the happiest man of the world.
Correct: I am the happiest man in the world.
After superlatives, we do not usually use of with a singular word referring to a place or group. But of can be used before plural nouns / pronouns.
He is the fastest of them all.
She is the prettiest of the four girls.
Incorrect: There is a best singer in that class.
Correct: There is a very good singer in that class.
Incorrect: He is a tallest boy.
Correct: He is a tall boy.
We do not use the superlative when no comparison is implied.