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Comparative and superlative of Dutch adjectives: how to compare things

Comparatives and superlatives in Dutch are not that difficult. Learn everything you need about Dutch language comparatives and superlatives. By The Dutch Online Academy.

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Comparatives in Dutch

Let's take a look at some adjectives.

  • mooi

  • leuk

  • interessant

  • duur

It's actually really easy to turn these adjectives in a comparative by just adding "-er".

  • Dit schilderij is mooier dan dat schilderij.

  • Deze film is leuker dan die film.

  • Het verhaal wordt interessanter.

  • De tickets voor het festival zijn duurder dan vorig jaar.

Ok, in the last example you might have noticed that we didn't add "-er", but "-der". This is because duur ends with an r. To make the sound easier to pronounce and more clear, a d is added. This also happens with lekkerder, raarder and verder, to name a few.

If you put the noun behind the comparative, you have to take the rule of the "e" into account (below this article you'll find a link to the explanation).

  • Dit is een mooier schilderij.

  • Wij kijken een leukere film dan de vorige keer.

Superlatives in Dutch

Let's continue with the adjectives we used above: mooi, leuk, interessant and duur.

To make a superlative you add "het" in front of the adjective and "-st(e)" behind it.

  • Dit schilderij is het mooist(e).

  • Deze film is het leukst(e).

  • Het verhaal is het interessantst(e).

  • De tickets voor het festival zijn het duurst(e).

If the noun is behind the verb, you have to take the rule of the "e" into account (again, below you'll find a link to a profound explanation). Also, you have to use "het" or "de" depending on the word.

  • Dit is het mooiste schilderij.

  • Dit is de leukste film.

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