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The Biggest and the Best - Superlatives in Mandarin Chinese

Using the Zui Particle



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.
(trad) 那是我看過最長的電影。
(simp) 那是我看过最长的电影。


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.
(trad) 冰淇淋是我最喜歡的甜點。
(simp) 冰淇淋是我最喜欢的甜点。

She is my favorite singer.
Tā shì wǒ zuì xǐ ài de gēxīng.

Nothing Better

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.
(trad) 我們今天下午去公園。
(simp) 我们今天下午去公园。

There’s nothing better than this. (Great idea!)
Zuì hǎo bù guò le.
(trad) 最好不過了。
(simp) 最好不过了。
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