Comparatives

Comparatives follow three forms. Forming them depends on the number of syllables in the adjective.

1 syllable adjectives = adjective + er

2 syllable adjectives ending in a y = remove the y +ier

3 or more syllables stay the same but we put more before them.

a) Cold + er = colder

b) Windy + ier = windier

c) Beautiful = more beautiful

If the adjective has one syllable and ends in one vowel followed by one consonant, we add an extra syllable.

d) Hot + t + er = hotter

There are also Irregular Adjectives that take the same form all the time.

Good- better

Bad – worse

Far – further

Comparative Phrases:

To show that something is the same as something else, we use as before and after two adjectives, without changing the adjective.

e) My city is as cold as your city.

To show difference using this phrase we insert Not before the first as.

My city is not as expensive as your city.

 

Exercise 1

 Adapt the word in brackets to best fit the sentence

a) This piece of music is …………… (slow) than the last.

b) It is …………… (sunny) than it was yesterday.

c) Do you think people become ………………. (intelligent) as they get older

(old)?

d) I think fresh food is ………………. (good) than fast food.

e) The city I live in is the ………………. (windy) in the country.

f) White chocolate is the ………………. (sweet) of all chocolates.

g) Learning a new language is ………………. (difficult) as you want it to be.

h) My mother says baking a cake is ………………. (not easy) as baking biscuits.

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