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Comparatives and superlatives

Adjectives are used to construct the regular form of the comparative and superlative.

Construction of the comparative

To construct a comparative from an adjective -er is added.

leuk – leuker
mooi – mooier

When an adjective ends in -r, the ending -der is added

lekker – lekkerder
duur – duurder

Construction of the superlative

To construct a superlative from an adjective -st is added.

leuk – leukst
mooi – mooist

lekker – lekkerst
duur – duurst

Irregular forms

Some Dutch comparative and superlative forms are irregular.

For example:

veel – meer – meest many – more – most
weinig – minder – minst little – less – least
goed – beter – best good – better – best

In some cases an -e is added to a comparative or superlative, as with adjectives.

For example

Het idee

het betere idee een beter idee

De baan

de leukere baan een leukere baan

Practise with Quizlet

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