8. Irregularities in the Comparative and Superlative

Word Formation

These sections of the textbook help improve your speed during the skimming phase of reading and help you gradually build vocabulary.

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.)

The most common of the adjectives and adverbs with irregular forms are:

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 (next, nearest)
oft (often) öfter häufigst-, am häufigsten
viel (much) mehr meist-, am meisten
Last revised on September 9, 2014.