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Absolute Superlatives: The Suffix -issimo

The absolute superlative is expressed in a variety of ways in Italian. In this lesson, we will examine one of the most common ways: the suffix -issimo.

In English, the absolute superlative is expressed by using very + adjective, adjective + suffix -est, or most + adjective.

In Italian, the suffix -issimo may be used by dropping the final vowel of an adjective or an adverb. The meaning is very, extremely, or highly. There are then four forms of the superlative, corresponding in gender and number with the subject. Take a look at the following table:

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