Worse vs. Worst

This time, we're gonna learn about all the differences and similarities between these two grammatically-confusng words. Wanna join me?

"Worse" vs. "Worst" in the English Grammar

What Is Their Main Difference?

Both are adjectives. However, 'worse' is a comparative adjective, indicating the more unfavorable one between two nouns, whereas, 'worst' is a superlative adjective that shows the most terrible item among several others. Note that a superlative adjective is always preceded by the definite article 'the'.

Differences

As stated above, 'worse' is a comparative adjective that compares two nouns. It indicates the more unfavorable one. Look at the examples below:

You tell me, which is worse? Living in this hell hole of a world or dying?

I thought she'd gotten better, but it seems that the pain is getting worse.

'Worst', contrariwise, is a superlative adjective that indicates the most terrible thing/item among several others. Always keep in mind that a superlative adjective comes with the definite article 'the'. Check out the following examples:

Oh no! The pizzas were the worst.

And you know what the worst part is? I have to see her every day.

Similarities

Both are adjectives of comparison, showing the one that is unfavorable. Look at the examples below:

The worst thing you could do to me is leave me for that bastard.

People were so ignorant that they never though the new leader would be even worse that the former.

Are They Interchangeable?

Despite them being both adjectives, they can never be used interchangeably because the sentence will be grammatically incorrect. Compare:

✓ One of the worst things I had to accept was that she never loved me from the beginning.

X One of the worse things I had to accept was that she never loved me from the beginning.

As you can see, this sentence is grammatically incorrect.

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