Do you know how COMPARATIVES AND SUPERLATIVES work in Spanish? Because this is what we are going to see today. In a nutshell, comparatives are the comparison of one person or thing to another (more, less, or as… as), while superlatives indicate that one person or thing is the most, best, least, or worst of all. Let’s see how to do this in Spanish, first look at how the weather is in Spain using the comparatives and superlatives.
Comparatives in Spanish come in three varieties:
1. Superiority más… que (more… than or ____er than)
Andrés es más alto que Juan (Andrés is taller than Juan).
2. Inferiority menos… que (less/fewer… than)
Andrés tiene menos hermanos que Juan (Andrés has less sibling than Juan).
3. Equality tan… como (as… as) or tanto… como (as much/many as)
Teresa es tan guapa como su hermana (Teresa is as pretty as her sister).
Tengo tanto dinero como Uds (I have as much money as you).
- In comparatives of equality, tan is used with adjectives (tan guapo como…) and adverbs (tan rápidamente como…), while tanto, tanta, tantos, tantas is used with nouns (tanto dinero como…/tantos amigos como…), finally tanto is used with verbs (trabajamos tanto como…).
- Bueno (good) and malo (bad) have irregular comparative forms, mejor (better) y peor (worse).
Superlatives are formed with the definite article + noun + más or menos + adjective.
Carlos es la persona más inteligente que trabaja aquí (Carlos is the most intelligent person who works here).
Es la ciudad menos interesante del mundo (It’s the least interesting city in the world).
Es el profesor más amable de la escuela (He is the nicest teacher in the school)
Spanish comparatives and superlatives exercises
Now you can practice everything you have learned about comparatives and superlatives in Spanish with the quizzes below. Remember to get in touch with your tutor if you have any question about this topic. Don’t you have a Spanish online tutor yet?