Superlative adverb – adverbe superlatif
Let's Define It!
What's a *superlative adverb*?
A superlative adverb is used to express total superiority or total inferiority among two or more things. It usually follows a verb.
The most common syntactic structure adopted by a superlative adverb goes this way:
...le plus + adverb OR ... le moins + adverb
For example, John court le plus rapidement John runs the fastest.
Ce chien apprend le moins vite. This dog learns the least rapidly.
Just like with adjectives, a few superlative adverbs are irregular.
C'est André qui joue au foot le mieux. It's Andre who plays soccer the best.
Le mieux is the superlative adverb for bon.
Let's Pronounce It!
What does it sound like in French?
Let's Have an Example or Two!
Can a little reinforcement do the trick?
Here are a couple of examples containing superlative adverbs. They are underlined for your convenience.
- Marie travaille le plus durement parmi tous les élèves. / Mary works the hardest among all the students.
- Cet oiseau chante le moins fortement. This bird sings the least loudly.