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The Absolute Superlative: Some Irregular Forms

Some adjectives use irregular superlatives. In spoken language, people often avoid these forms by using molto, tanto, parecchio, or assai in place of a suffix added to the adjective. These forms are, however, good to know and important to keep in mind when reading and writing.

acre → acerrimo (only used figuratively) … bitter
L’acerrima battaglia durò più di tre anni senza un vero vincitore.
The extremely bitter battle lasted more than three years without a true winner.

benefico → beneficentissimo … beneficent, philanthropic; healthy, helpful

Il nuovo programma di riciclaggio che stiamo lanciando sarà beneficentissimo per l'ambiente.
The new recycling program we are launching will be extremely beneficial to the environment.

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