The Mandarin particle zuì is used for forming superlatives. In English, this function is often done by adding “est” to an adjective or adverb, to form words such as “biggest” or “fastest.”
Zuì is used with a Stative Verb (SV) – verbs or verb phrases which indicate a condition or static state. Examples of Stative Verbs are tall; expensive; and important.
Zuì is placed directly before the Stative Verb.
Examples of Zuì
He is the tallest in our class.
Tā shì bān shàng zuì gāo de.
She has the best grades.
Tā de chéngjī zuì hǎo.
That was the longest movie I’ve ever seen.
Nà shì wǒ kàn guò zuì cháng de diànyǐng.
There are two common ways to say “favorite” :
zuì xǐ huan
zuì xǐ ài
Examples of Favorite
Ice cream is my favorite desert.
Bīngqílín shì wǒ zuì xǐhuan de tiándiǎn.
She is my favorite singer.
Tā shì wǒ zuì xǐ ài de gēxīng.
If someone makes a very good suggestion, you can show your approval by saying “There’s nothing better” - zuì hǎo bù guò le.
Let’s go to the park this afternoon.
Wǒmen jīntiān xiàwǔ qù gōngyuán.
There’s nothing better than this. (Great idea!)
Zuì hǎo bù guò le.