Unit 70: COMPARING THREE OR MORE
We can use both comparative and superlative forms (Unit 68).
[S]: SUPERLATIVE FORM, [C]: COMPARATIVE FORM + than
[S] That was the best time I've ever made. =
[C] I've never made better time than that.
[S] The drive home is the longest trip of the day. =
[C] The drive home is longer than any other trip of the day.
[S] Nobody here gets much money but John gets the least. =
[C] Nobody gets much money but John gets less than anybody else.
[S] Everybody drove fast but Shanda drove the fastest. =
[C] Everybody drove fast but Shanda drove faster than anybody else.
[S] Delivering flowers is the most rewarding delivery I make. =
[C] I cannot imagine anything more rewarding than delivering flowers.
[S] What's the most frightening thing that's ever happened to you?
[S] Could you tell me the way to the nearest supermarket?
It is difficult to make a comparative question when we are comparing more than two.
[S] A big semi truck is the least fuel efficient vehicle. =
[C] A big semi truck is less fuel efficient than any other vehicle.
[S] Everybody get a bonus this year, but Jonah gets the largest. =
[C] Everybody gets a bonus this year, but Jonah's is larger than the others.
To make the superlative stronger (if there is a big difference), we can use by far:
That was by far the best film I've ever seen. = much better than any others
In the crew, Jonah gets the most money.
Of the eleven employees, Jonah gets the most money.