He is making the problem worst/worse


Is this correct?

He is making the problem worst.

I have a feeling that it is wrong and worst should be worse but I couldn't explain why it is wrong.

So to confirm, is worst in the example sentence correct and sounds natural? If it is wrong, what is the reason?


Posted 2017-11-24T18:54:07.387

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A comparative like worse needs something to compare with, which can be implied:

He is making the problem worse (than before).

The usage of worst could be used in the example below. Notice the definite article "the" must be used with worst:

This is the worst problem he has ever faced.

Weather Vane

Posted 2017-11-24T18:54:07.387

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But why worst in making the problem worst wrong? – user1764381 – 2017-11-24T19:03:53.990

Perhaps "He is making the problem the worst ever". – Weather Vane – 2017-11-24T19:05:03.580

Please see this previous question.

– Weather Vane – 2017-11-24T19:16:00.187

comparative: worse. This is worse than that. superlative: This is the worst [whatever]. – Lambie – 2017-11-25T00:30:42.387