What's the difference between worse and worst?
Meaning: bad to a higher degree than something else
A comparative adjective
Use to compare two things
(We usually use it with the word "than" to compare to something else)
"My job is worse than your job"
"His car is worse than mine"
"Their dog is worse than ours"
"Today's exam was worse than last week's exam. I couldn't finish it!"
Remember, when we compare two things, one will ALWAYS be "worse," never "worst"
Meaning: bad to the highest degree
A superlative adjective
Use to compare more than two things. If something is "worst", it's the most unpleasant or most unsatisfactory compared to a lot of things. It's the worst!
"I have the worst job! My boss keeps giving me more work!"
"His car is the worst! It always breaks down."
"Their dog is the worst! He bites everyone!"
"Today's exam was the worst! I couldn't finish it!"
Think of it like the word, 'best.' When something is the best, nothing can be better than that. So, if something is the worst, nothing is worse than it!
Try comparing the examples above for "worse" and "worst." Do you see a difference?
Ready to try these questions?
(1) That was the worse/worst breakfast I have ever had in my life!!
(2) I hate vegetables. Broccoli is the worse/worst!
(3) The weather in Seattle is worse/worst than the weather in New York.
(4) Who told you my grades are worse/worst than yours?!
(5) I have the worse/worst teacher! She never comes to class on time!
(6) I have always thought I had the worse/worst job in the world, but I think your job is worse/worst than mine.
(1) That was the worst breakfast I have ever had in my life!
(2) I hate vegetables. Broccoli is the worst!
(3) The weather in Seattle is worse than the weather in New York.
(4) Who told you my grades are worse than yours?!
(5) I have the worst teacher! She never comes to class on time!
(6) I have always thought I had the worst job in the world, but I think your job is worse than mine.