We can use superlative adverbs to make comparisons:

His ankles hurt badly, but his knees hurt worst.
It rains most often at the beginning of the year.

Intensifiers:

When we intensify a superlative adverb we often use the in front of the adverb, and we use these words and phrases as intensifiers:

easily - much - far - by far

Exercise

Comments

Hi there,
"Going by train is much the best option, I think."
Going by train is an option and it is much the best option.
Its adjective, isn't it?
I remember that there were few adjectives in this exercise when I first did it, now you have changed it. But I'm not sure about this example.
Please explain if I have understood this wrong.
Thanks.

Hi SajadKhan,

The adjective in the sentence is 'the best', which describes the noun 'option'. The word 'much' is an adverb, which describes the adjective. Thus 'much the best option' is made up of the following: adverb + superlative adjective + noun.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Peter,
Thank you for the explanation. Now it makes sense to me as I found a lesson via google, where other uses of adverb were mentioned (modifying adjectives and adverbs).

Hi there,
In above exercise I came across sentences like, "That's the by far the worst film I've ever seen", "He is easily the best goalkeeper in the league".
Now, aren't they adjectives with intensifier ? "easily the best goalkeeper", "by far the worst fil".
I think as they are referring to noun so technically they should be adjectives. But why are they mentioned here?

Hi SajadKhan,

Yes, you are right -- those two sentences had adjectives, not adverbs. We've changed them, though it may take a few hours for the changes to appear on the website.

Thank you very much for taking the time to point this out to us!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi
Do we use definite article before superlative adverbs.

Hello Muhammad Qasim Shah,

Yes, in general, 'the' is used before superlative forms. The idea is that if we are speaking of, for example, 'the fastest train', there is only one of them.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Sir;

It costs more than I expected

According to the grammar book, "more than" is used to tell something happens a greater number.

But here, "more than" is used to compare "It costs" clause and "I expected" clauses. Here more than doesn't compare with verb or noun or adjective and meaning not "something happens a greater number."

What is the grammar syntax behind this sentence pattern, Please?.

Hello pumbi,

Another way to say this is 'It costs more than the cost that I expected'. The sentence is comparing the real cost to the expected cost.

Does that help?

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Yeah, sir. I understand much better now. Thank you.

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