Grammar Rule #2: ADVERBS compare three or more items by adding the word most or occasionally the suffix –est.
Examples: hopefully most hopefully, low à lowest
· If the –est adverb ends in –e, drop the e before adding –est.
Example: late à latest
· If the –est adverb ends in –y, change the y to i before adding –est.
Example: early à earliest
Never use both most and -est with an adverb.
Example: most closest = incorrect
Make sure you compare three or more items with adverbs using most or -est.
Of my neighbors, the Smiths mow their lawn the most carefully.
Elaine types the fastest of my friends.
Grammar Challenge: Your Turn! Which word is correct?
1. Among my teammates, Sam works the (hardest, most hard).
2. Leah danced the (skillfullest, most skillfully) in her third performance.
3. Of the administrators, the principal spoke (enthusiastically, the most enthusiastically) about his students.
4. This week, the sun shone the (brightliest, most brightly) on Friday.
5. Eric is the (friendliest, most friendly) kid in class.
6. Brad snores the (loudest, most loud).
(Answers are below.)
FRIDAY: IRREGULAR ADVERBS OF COMPARISON.
2. most skillfully
3. the most enthusiastically
4. most brightly
5. There is no adverb in this sentence (friendliest here modifies kid = an adjective modifying a noun).
6. No comparison is made (loudest of what?).