French Grammar from RapideFrench.com

Adjectives: Comparative and Superlative Adjectives


  • comparative: Harriet est plus grande que Henri means Harriet is taller than Henry
  • superlative: Harriet est le plus grande means Harriet is the tallest


  • comparative: Harriet est moins forte que Henri means Harriet is less strong than Henri
  • superlative: Harriet est le moins forte means Harriet is the weakest (or least strong)


  • comparative: Harriet est aussi heureux que Henry means Harriet is as strong as Henri

Exceptions are meilleur (better) and le meilleur (the best) because they don't need the plus i.e.

  • comparative: Harriet est meilleur que Henri means Harriet is better than Henri
  • comparative: Harriet est la meilleure means Harriet is the best

Remember that most adjectives follow the noun. The comparative still goes directly before the noun and the superlative still has le, la, or les e.g.

  • un garçon plus drôle (a funnier boy)
  • une fils la plus drôle (the funniest girl)

Finally, if the superlatively is used with 'in' (in the group, in the country, in the class) then de is used for 'in' (remember that du replaces 'de le') for example:

  • l'homme le plus fort du monde (the strongest man in the world)
  • la fille la plus forte de la classe (the strongest girl in the class)