What Is a Double Superlative?A double superlative is a grammar mistake caused by applying two ways of forming a superlative instead of one. Double superlatives are most commonly committed when someone uses "-est" and "most" at the same time (e.g., most tallest).
Table of Contents
- Examples of Double Superlatives
- Avoiding Double Superlatives
- Why Understanding "Double Superlatives" Is Important
- Test Time!
Examples of Double Superlatives
- He is the most wisest. (should be wisest)
- She is the most quickest. (should be quickest)
Avoiding Double SuperlativesThe rules for forming the superlatives of adjectives are summarized in the table below.
|Type of Adjective
|one syllable ending vowel consonant
|double consonant and add -est
|more than one syllable
|precede with less or more
|more than one syllable ending y
|remove y and add -ier
for the less version, precede with less
|There are no rules.
- He is the most silliest person I know. (should be silliest)
- She is our most best player. (should be best)
- It's the worstest meal I've ever eaten. (should be worst)
- I tried most hardest. (should be hardest)