31.5.3 Superlative of inferiority

The Duden which is for German language as important as the Oxford Dictionary of English language describes also the following structure.

Dieses Bild ist am wenigsten schön.
= This picutre is the least beautiful.

This type of phrase sounds weird and the author would advise not to use structures of this type. Nevertheless, in some cases it can be used and sounds perfectly right. As you can see, these are cases when the superlative of the adverb of quantity wenig is used without any other adverb or adjectives.

Das war das, was ich am wenigsten wollte.
= This was what I wanted the least.
Das ist das, was ich am wenigsten erwartet habe.
= This is what I expected the least.  

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