Le/la/les plus and Le/la/les moins = The most and the least (Superlative with Adjectives in French)

Superlative forms are used to express something/someone's superiority or inferiority on all else = the most / the least [adjective]; the [adjective]-est.

Here are some examples of superlatives of adjectives in French:

Patrick est le plus courageux.Patrick is the bravest.

Marie est la plus courageuse.Marie is the bravest.

Bruno et Gary sont les plus bavards.Bruno and Gary are the chattiest.

Catherine et Julie sont les plus bavardes.Catherine and Julie are the chattiest.

Ce camion est le moins cher.This truck is the least expensive.

Ma maison est la moins chère.My house is the least expensive one.

De tous mes amis, Léo et Lucie sont les moins bavards.Out of all my friends, Léo and Lucie are the least chatty.

To form the Superlative of adjectives in French, you will follow this pattern:

definite article (le/la/les) + plus/moins + [adjective]

ATTENTION:

Both the definite article and the adjective must agree in gender and number with the noun they refer to.

 

See also these related Superlative lessons:

Meilleur, mieux, pire / plus mauvais, plus mal = better, best, worse and worst in French (irregular comparatives and superlatives)

Le plus/Le moins = The most/the least (Superlative with Adverbs in French)

Forming the superlative of French adjectives in complex cases

And Comparative structures:

Plus... plus..., moins... moins... = the more...the more..., the less...the less... (comparisons with phrases)
Better and better, worse and worse = de mieux en mieux, de pire en pire (Comparisons in French)
De plus en plus / De moins en moins + [adverbe/adjectif/verbe] = more and more / less and less + [adverb/adjective/verb] (Comparisons in French)
De plus en plus de / de moins en moins de + [nom] = more and more / less and less + [nouns] (Comparisons in French)
Plus ... que/Moins ... que/Aussi ... que = More ... than/Less ... than/As ... as (Comparisons with Adjectives in French)
Plus ... que/Moins ... que/Aussi ... que = More ... than/Less ... than/As ... as (Comparisons with Adverbs in French)
Plus que/Moins que/Autant que = More than/Less than/As much as (Comparisons with Verbs in French)
Plus de ... que/Moins de ... que/Autant de ... que = More ... than/Less ... than/As much/many ... as (Comparisons with Nouns in French)

 

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Examples and resources

Marie est la plus courageuse.Marie is the bravest.
"Superlatives" by Jacqueline Doiron (FrenchByPhone.com)
Ce camion est le moins cher.This truck is the least expensive.
Patrick est le plus courageux.Patrick is the bravest.
De tous mes amis, Léo et Lucie sont les moins bavards.Out of all my friends, Léo and Lucie are the least chatty.
Nous sommes les plus jeunes.We are the youngest.
Bruno et Gary sont les plus bavards.Bruno and Gary are the chattiest.
Ma maison est la moins chère.My house is the least expensive one.
Catherine et Julie sont les plus bavardes.Catherine and Julie are the chattiest.
Mon fils est le plus intelligent.My son is the most intelligent / cleverest.
Ses parents sont les plus gentils !His parents are the nicest!
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