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U2 tells us what the 'sweetest' thing is...

U2 tells us what the 'sweetest' thing is...



 

One of my favourite U2 songs is The Sweetest Thing.  Let's listen to this clip...

 
Baby's got blue skies up ahead,
But in this I'm a rain cloud,
You know she likes a dry kind of love,
Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing.

 
Let's read the lyrics together.


In this clip, the singer Bono uses the term 'blue skies'.  In English, 'blue skies' always refers to a positive period of time.


For example:

I have only had blue skies since I finished university.  It's been great!

 
Bono also sings about the 'sweetest' thing.  In English, when you want to say the greatest degree of something you can use -est or 'most'.  For example,


Biggest

Most beautiful

Smallest

Most modern

Funniest

Most famous

Tallest

Most impressive

Happiest

Most educated


Here, we see a number of ways to describe the greatest degree of something.  The rules are easy:


One syllable adjectives (like 'big', 'small' and 'tall') take -est after them.

Biggest

Smallest

Tallest


Two syllable adjectives ending in 'y' (like 'funny', 'happy' and 'tasty') drop their 'y' and take 'iest' after them.

Funniest

Happiest

Tasiest


Two syllable adjectives not ending in 'y' (like 'famous', 'modern' and 'crippled') and 3 or more syllabled adjective take 'most' before them.

Most famous

Most modern

Most crippled

Most beautiful

Most attractive

Most educated


So now you know why Bono sings 'the sweetest thing' and not 'the most sweet thing'.  :D


Now you try.  You will be given a word.  You have 5 seconds to convert this word to its greatest degree.


Question 1

Happy


Question 2

Talkative


Question 3

Playful


Question 4

Bald


Question 5

Pink


Question 6

Motivated


Question 7

Ambitious


Question 8

Nasty


Question 9

Tactful


Question 10

Crafty