Learn Italian Irregular Comparatives And Superlatives

In addition to the regular comparative forms we already looked at (using più and meno) there are also some irregular comparatives and superlatives for Italian adjectives and adverbs.

Irregular adjective comparisons

With most English comparatives, we just add -er and -est to the adjective (eg: light, lighter, and lightest), but that doesn't work with good, which becomes better and best.

In the very same way, most adjective comparisons in Italian can be handled with più, but the usual suspects which seem to pop up in every language pop up in Italian, too: high, low, good, bad, large, small.

high

higher

highest

very high

alto

superiore

il superiore

supremo

low

lower

lowest

very low

basso

inferiore

l'inferiore

infimo

good

better

best

very good

buono

migliore

il migliore

ottimo

bad

worse

worst

very bad

cattivo

peggiore

il peggiore

pessimo

big

older

oldest

very big

grande

maggiore

il maggiore

massimo

small

younger

youngest

very small

piccolo

minore

il minore

minimo

Examples:

  • La nostra azienda valorizza l'instruzione superiore.
  • Questa era la cosa peggiore che potevi dire.
  • Mio fratello minore lavora in questa trattoria.

Irregular adverb comparisons

Similarly, there are irregular comparative forms for adverbs, and once again, it's the usual suspects: well, badly, much, little.

well

better

best

very well

bene

meglio

il meglio

ottimamente

badly

worse

worst

very badly

male

peggio

il peggio

pessimamente

much

more

most

very much

molto

più

il più

moltissimo

little

less

least

very little

poco

meno

il meno

pochissimo

Examples:

  • A causa dei suoi studi, lui capisce italiano ottimamente.
  • L'altro gruppo gioca il calcio peggio che noi.

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