“Shy” – Comparative and Superlative Forms Explained

Marcus Froland

Are you curious to learn about comparative and superlative forms of adjectives? It’s easier than you think.

In this article, we’ll go over the basics of comparative and superlative forms and provide examples to help you understand them better.

We’ll also explain how to form comparative and superlative forms correctly, plus highlight some common mistakes people make when using them.

Finally, we’ll give some tips for learning these concepts so that you can become an expert in no time!

Key Takeaways

  • Comparative forms of ‘shy’ can be expressed as ‘shyer’ than another thing.
  • Superlative forms of ‘shy’ can be expressed as ‘the shyest’ in comparison to a group.
  • Adjectives like ‘shy’ can be used in their absolute form without comparison.
  • Special cases exist for irregular adjectives, such as ‘good/better/best’ and ‘bad/worse/worst’.

What Are Comparative and Superlative Forms

You might be wondering what comparative and superlative forms are.

Comparative and superlative forms are the ways we express a level of comparison between two or more things.

Comparatives show how one thing is different from another, while superlatives compare items to an entire group.

Comparatives use ‘-er’ than and superlatives use ‘the -est’.

For example, if you want to say that something is shy, you could say it’s ‘shyer’ than other things or ‘the shyest’ in the group.

It all depends on how you want to frame the comparison.

Examples of Comparative and Superlative Forms

To understand this concept, let’s look at some examples of comparative and superlative adjectives.

Comparative forms are used to compare two things, often using the words ‘more’ or ‘less.’ For example, we can say that something is ‘more shy’ than another thing.

Superlative forms indicate the most extreme degree of an adjective. In the case of shyness, this would be expressed as ‘the shyest’.

Adjectives can also be used in their absolute form without making a comparison; for instance, saying simply ‘shy’.

Rules for Forming Comparative and Superlative Forms

You’ll need to remember a few rules when forming comparative and superlative adjectives.

Comparatives are used to compare two people, places, or things. They are formed by adding the suffix ‘-er’ to a one-syllable adjective or using the words ‘more’ or ‘less’ before an adjective with more than one syllable.

Superlatives compare three or more people, places, or things. To form them, add the suffix ‘-est’ to one-syllable adjectives and use ‘most’ and ‘least’ for multi-syllabic adjectives. Special cases exist for irregular adjectives like good/better/best and bad/worse/worst.

Adverbs ending in -ly follow the same pattern: quickly/more quickly/most quickly etc.

For most words that end in a consonant followed by -y change it to -i before adding -er/-est: shy -> shyer -> shyest.

Common Mistakes With Comparative and Superlative Forms

One common mistake when using comparative and superlative forms is forgetting to change the ‘y’ to an ‘i’ before adding -er/-est. For example, instead of saying ‘shyer’ or ‘shyest,’ it should be said as ‘shier’ and ‘shiest.’ This rule also applies to other adjectives ending in ‘y.’

Additionally, many people forget that some adjectives have irregular comparative and superlative forms. These words do not follow the usual ‘-er/-est’ pattern. For instance, good has the comparative form better and the superlative form best. To avoid making mistakes, it’s important to know which words are irregularly formed.

Lastly, one must remember that there are some adjectives with no comparative or superlative form at all, such as unique or perfect. Knowing these rules will help you use comparatives and superlatives accurately in your writing.

Tips for Learning Comparative and Superlative Forms

When it comes to learning comparatives and superlatives, there’re some tips that can help:

  • Start with the basics and focus on the rules.
  • Practice makes perfect – look for opportunities to use comparative and superlative forms in sentences.
  • Use mnemonics, such as “good-better-best” or “more-most” to remember the order of words.
  • Look up unfamiliar words in a dictionary or online resource to understand their usage.
  • Reading books, magazines, or articles can be a great way to learn more about comparatives and superlatives.


You now have a better understanding of comparative and superlative forms. You know what they are, how to use them, common mistakes to avoid, and some tips for learning them.

Remember that the main difference between comparative and superlative forms is that one form compares two or more things while the other compares three or more things.

Now you’re ready to start using comparative and superlative forms with confidence! Keep practicing and you’ll be an expert in no time.