Adjective: good; comparative adjective: better; superlative adjective: best/worst. Adverb: quickly; comparative adverb: more quickly; superlative adverb: most quickly. Add -er/-est to one-syllable adjectives (adj.) and adverbs (adv.): (adj.) low → lower → lowest; (adv.) soon → sooner → soonest; but ‘double’ the consonant when there is a single vowel + a single consonant: big → bigger → biggest; hot → hotter → hottest. Add -er/-est to two-syllable adjectives ending in -ow, -er (and -y, but change the -y to -i): narrow → narrower → narrowest; clever → cleverer → cleverest; noisy → noisier → noisiest. Use more/most or less/least with adverbs and all other adjectives of two syllables or more: (adv.) efficiently → more/less efficiently → most/least efficiently; (adj.) famous → more/less famous → most/least famous. Note the exceptions: (adj.) good/(adv.) well → better → best; (adj.) bad/(adv.) badly → worse → worst; far → further → furthest (farther/farthest is also possible, but less common).
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