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Friday, December 3, 2010

Worse vs. Worst

When reviewing this subject you may have read or heard the explanation that “’worse’ is comparative and ‘worst’” is superlative. Then, you might have thought or said something like “What the hell is that supposed to mean?” Let’s just see if we can clear up this dilemma here and now.

You use “worse” when you are comparing two things…

“Broccoli is worse than cauliflower”
“That exam was far worse than a broken arm.”

And you use “worst” when comparing more than two things or when you are describing something…

“Broccoli and cauliflower are both bad, but sprouts are the worst.”
“That exam was the worst.”

Now you know!


  1. Also, you would say "from bad to worse," not "bad to worst." And similar scenarios.

  2. Odd how some things you just never really think about. Thankfully I've used them properly or I'd be all cheeky now and say something really stupid! :)

  3. Matt...that is correct because From bad to worse is like comparing two things.

    djpr...awesome! Keep those good habits going.

  4. Hello & happy Friday! I was exploring different blogs and one lead me to another and so on. I found yours and very happy I did! :) I look forward to future posts.

    Hope you'll visit!


  5. It's nice to meet you Kate! I am happy that you found me/my blog!

    I'll be happy to check yours out as well and I look forward to seeing you around!

  6. Unless you were saying they had gone from bad to worst (in the sense that they couldn't get any worse).

  7. Anonymous...I believe that in that sentence it would still be "had gone from bad to worse." However, to prove the point that things cannot get any worse, then one must say "had gone from bad to THE worst." In that case, you are not comparing two things, but describing something.

    Does that make sense?


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