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New grammar topic: comparisons & superlatives. Ich bin klein .Ich bin kleiner als Ian Thorpe. Ich bin alt. Ich bin älter als Joe. Das ist Bob. Bob ist schnell . Bob (schnell). Bob (schnell). John (schneller). John ist schneller . Fritz ist am schnellsten .

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New grammar topic: comparisons & superlatives

Ich bin klein.Ich bin kleineralsIan Thorpe.

Ich bin alt. Ich bin älterals Joe.

Das ist Bob.

Bob istschnell.

Bob (schnell)

Bob (schnell)

John (schneller)

John istschneller .

Fritz ist am schnellsten.

Fritz (am schnellsten)

John (schneller)

Rules for comparisons:

  • add „-er” to the end of each adjective

     schneller, kleiner, moderneru.s.w.

  • for almost every 1-syllable adjective, add an umlaut to the first vowel

     älter, größer, kürzer, jünger, längeru.s.w.


A superlative is the term used to describe an adjective in its most extreme form:

the fastestam schnellsten

the oldestam ältesten

the smallestam kleinsten

the biggestam größten

Rules for superlatives:

  • add „-sten” to the end of each adjective

     am schnellsten, am kleinsten, am billigstenu.s.w.

  • however, if an adjective ends in: –s, –ß, –ss, –x, –z, –sch, –d, –t ; add „-esten”

     am intelligentesten, am ältesten, am kältestenu.s.w.

    Note: groß is an exception  größer, am größten

Copy into your books:

oldaltälteram ältesten

youngjungjüngeram jüngsten

cleverklugklügeram klügsten

sickkrankkränkeram kränksten

hotheißheißeram heißesten

coldkaltkälteram kältesten

sunnysonnigsonnigeram sonnigsten

goodgutbesseram besten

Some more irregular forms of comparisons & superlatives:

(add these to your list from before!)

Comparing things:

 use the word „als” for „ than”

Frank istgrößerals James.

Karl ist doofer als Steffi.

Berlin istkälterals Hamburg.

Bonn istwärmerals Wien.

Now, in your books write 5 – 10 sentences comparing people or things. Be creative!


using comparisons & superlatives

Useful websites:

You will find these links on the “Comparisons & Superlatives” page of our Wikispaceto use for practise at home:

Good explanations & lots of examples:

Online games! (For this game you have to copy and paste the special symbols in for umlauts – have a word document open when you are playing! Good luck!)

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