Some comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs are irregular.
Some change only slightly by adding an umlaut when an ending is added, eg:
Meine Tante ist die größte in unserer Familie. – My aunt is the tallest in our family. (adjective)
While others change quite considerably, just like in English, eg:
Here is a list of some of the most common irregular comparatives and superlatives.
|hoch (high)||höher (higher)||am höchsten (highest)|
|gut (good)||besser (better)||am besten (best)|
|lang (long)||länger (longer)||am längsten (longest)|
|kurz (short)||kürzer (shorter)||am kürzesten (shortest)|
|gern (like)||lieber (prefer)||am liebsten (favourite)|
|nah (near)||näher (nearer)||am nächsten (nearest)|
|viel (many)||mehr (more)||am meisten (most)|
Look at these examples of the irregular comparatives and superlatives in use.
Translate the following irregular comparisons and superlatives into German.
Oktoberfest, often referred to in Germany as Wiesn, is an annual festival that takes place in the Bavarian city of München (Munich) from the end of September until the first week of October. It's the largest 'people's festival' in the world – das größte Volksfest der Welt.
The celebrations attract over six million visitors each year. The festival consists of funfair rides and food stalls, selling local delicacies.
In 2005, the concept of die ruhige Wiesn – the quiet Oktoberfest – was introduced to make the festival more family-friendly. Traditional folk music is played softly until 18.00. This rule means that the traditional beer-tent atmosphere has been maintained and can be enjoyed by both young and old, just like in countless beer gardens the length and breadth of Germany.