As promised, I’m back with your next tennis lesson :)
In case you missed it, yesterday, we reviewed comparative adjectives:
Rafael Nadal is a better tennis player than Novak Djokovic. Or is Novak better? We can debate that all day but one thing is for sure:
Compared to Novak and Rafael, I am the worst player. Oh well, compared to them I’m the best English speaker! ;)
So, you may have guessed that today’s lesson is on the superlative. This time we’ll look at some top-ranked women’s tennis players.
Grammar Review: The Superlative
What is it?
We use the superlative to compare something with everything else in a group. They are used to describe extremes.
Playing tennis on a boat in front of a glacier is the coolest (and coldest) tennis venue.
There are so many beautiful women’s tennis players but who is the most beautiful?
– the is used before the superlative adjective.
– One syllable adjectives, add –est:
tall the tallest
long the longest
– Spelling note: one syllable adjectives that end with one consonant, double the final consonant and add –est
big the biggest
– Adjectives ending in –e, just add –st
nice the nicest
– Adjectives that end in y, drop the y and add –iest
pretty the prettiest
– Adjectives with two or more syllables, add most before the adjective.
most the most important
– And our favorites, the irregular superlative adjectives
good the best
bad the worst
Ready to practice? The next exercises will compare four of the top-ranked female tennis players at the end of 2013. We’ll also learn some interesting tennis facts.
Who’s your favorite tennis player? Do you play tennis or watch tennis? Leave a comment to practice your writing skills!