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February 11, 2014 / Roel

Grammar – Comparisons

good – better – best

In order to say that something will be increased or has increased the most, you use a technique which is simpler than English.

In long words in English you say:


more interesting

most interesting

In Dutch we just add -er to indicate that there is more of the property of something and -st to indicate that the property of something is in it’s maximum, just like in English short words, but in Dutch we always use this.

Let’s take our English word, ‘interesting‘.

interesting is ‘interessant‘ in Dutch.

interessant = interesting

interessanter = more interesting

interessantst = most interesting

There are exceptions of course. Some of the most important are:

goed = good

beter = better

best = best

graag = really want

liever = prefer

liefst = most liked

If you use it as an adjective, you add an -e, which will give you either -ere or -ste.

De interessante man = the interesting man

De interessantere man = the more interesting man

De interessantste man = the most interesting man

words which contain -r as an ending, will often use -d.


zuur = sour

zuurder = more sour

Words which contain -s as an ending, will have a change of the ‘s‘ in ‘z‘ when you use this. This has to do with pronunciaton, it’s easier to pronounce the word if you use z. The -st part is replaced by the English way, you use the word ‘meest’, which means ‘most’.

A good example is the word ‘grijs’.

grijs – grey

grijzer – more grey

meest grijs – most grey

If you would say ‘grijser’, it takes longer for your mouth to pronounce it, z gives the word a better flow.


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