|Exercises - Comparative and superlative adjectives|
|Exercise 1. Comparing things we buy and services we use|
|Change the underlined words into comparative adjectives.
Fareed is buying a new laptop.
Woman: These two, the Helix 400 and the VKC 28, are very popular at the moment, sir. The VKC 28 is a little
new __ , but the Helix is cheap ___
Fareed: Can I touch them? Which one is heavy __?
Woman: The VKC is light __ than the Helix, but itís also wide __
Fareed: Yes, youíre right. The VKC is big __ , but much thin __ And I suppose itís powerful __ too, if itís newer.
Woman: Itís fast __, yes. But the Helix is still a good computer. We sell hundreds every week.
Fareed: You said the VKC was expensive ____. Whatís the difference in price?
Woman: The Helix is £400 and the VKC is £600.
Fareed: Thanks. I think the VKC is a little good ___, but Iíll take the Helix!
Exercise 1. Comparing things we buy and services we use
1. newer 7. thinner
2. cheaper 8. more powerful
3. heavier 9. faster
4. lighter 10. more expensive
5. wider 11. better
|Exercise 2. Comparing places|
|ĎVisit Englandí is a magazine in English for Polish students. In this article, the writer is comparing study holidays in Liverpool, a big city in Lancashire, and in Beverley, a small town in Yorkshire. Circle the correct comparative adjectives.
Of course, Liverpool is much bigger/biger than Beverley. Itís also famouser/more famous, much noisier/noisyer, and, when I was there, weter/wetter! (It rained every day!) I spent two weeks in the Lancashire city last March, and I loved it. I stayed in the more old/older, busier/busyer part of the city, near the river Mersey. I went on the Beatles tour, and I watched Liverpool FC play against Newcastle. (Newcastle won.) It was a good game, but football matches in England are much more expensive than/as in Poland Ė I had to pay £45 for a ticket. Then I spent a week in Beverley at a smaller/more small language school. Beverley is beautifuller/more beautiful than Liverpool, and the people were more friendlier/friendlier to me. Itís a richer/more rich and cleaner/cleanner place too, Ė but perhaps Liverpool is more interesting/interestinger in the end.
Exercise 2. Comparing places
2. more famous 8. smaller
3. noisier 9. more beautiful
4. wetter 10. friendlier
5. older 11. richer
6. busier 12. cleaner
7. than 13. more interesting
|Exercise 3. Comparing people|
|Dan is having breakfast with his 10 year-old daughter Amy and his 4 year-old son, Josh. Use the words in brackets to make phrases with comparative adjectives. Use short forms of the verb to be.|
|Dan: ___________________________ (You/be/early/for breakfast) today, Amy. Is it a normal day for you?
Amy: No. Mr Brown is teaching us today and tomorrow.____________ (He/be/bad/than) Mr Samson.
__________ (He/be/fat), too.
Dan: Iím sure Mr Brown isnít fat, Amy.
Amy: _____________ (Mr Samson/be/nice and funny), and _______________ (he/be/intelligent).
Dan: All your teachers are intelligent, Amy. Iím sure itís a very difficult job for Mr Brown, with a class of 10 year- old kids.
Josh: ______________ (Be/it/difficult/than) your job, Daddy?
Dan: I donít know. _____________ (I think/I/be/lucky), because I can work at home.
Amy: Daddy, _____________________ (be/I/pretty/than) the girl on ĎTop TVí?
Josh: _____________________ (You/be/silly/than) her!
Dan: Youíre both pretty, Amy. Are you ready for school?
Josh: Yes, but I want some more toast, please.
Dan: ___________________ (You/be/hungry/than) usual this morning, Amy.
Amy: Because _______________ (it/be/cold) today. Daddy, do you think Mr Brown eats a lot because heís cold?
Exercise 3. Comparing people
1. Heís worse than
2. Heís fatter
3. Mr Samsonís / Mr Samson is nicer and funnier
4. heís more intelligent
5. Is it more difficult than
6. I think Iím luckier
7. am I prettier than
8. Youíre sillier than
9. Youíre hungrier than
10. itís colder
|Exercise 4. Talking about the best things about the Seychelles|
|Change the underlined words into superlative adjectives.
The Republic of Seychelles is the small _____African country, and itís the good _______ place in the world for your holiday!
The big ________ of the hundred and fifty five islands is Mahť, with an international airport.
The Seychelles Islands have the beautiful _______ beaches youíve ever seen, and the warm _______ seas.
The sunny _______ times of year are December and January (but theyíre also the expensive _______ times to visit).
The peaceful ________ island is La Digue - itís like a journey into the past!
The nice _________ restaurant in the Seychelles is ĎAndrťísí in Anse Lazio.
The best Creole music is by the famous _________ Seychelles musician, the wonderful Jean-Marc Volcy!
Exercise 4. Talking about the best things about the Seychelles
1. smallest 7. most expensive
2. best 8. most peaceful
3. biggest 9. nicest
4. most beautiful 10. most famous
|Exercise 5. Choosing a flat in London|
|We use comparatives to compare things we buy; services we use; places; and people.
We use superlatives to talk about the best, worst or most interesting places, people and things.
|Sean and Thierry want to share a flat in London. Theyíve looked at three flats, and now theyíre in a cafť. Add these words to the conversation:
ever, in, most of the, than, dirtier, expensive, friendlier, nearer
Sean: What did you think about the two flats in Camden?
Thierry: The first one was big________, but it was dirty __________ too.
Sean: You can clean a flat though, canít you?
Thierry: Sure, but the second one was nice_______, and the landlord was _______.
Sean: Perhaps, but it was also noisy ___ the first one, because it was ____ to the road.
Sean: They werenít the best flats weíve _______seen, were they? What about the one in Crouch End?
Thierry: It was the __________ comfortable _________ the three flats.
Sean: I agree. But it was also the most ___________. We havenít got enough money, have we?
Thierry Shall we have another coffee? They make _________ best cappuccino ____________ north London here. We can look at some more flats this afternoon.
Exercise 5. Choosing a flat in London
1. bigger 7. nearer
2. dirtier 8. ever
3. nicer 9. most
4. friendlier 10. of
5. noisier 11. expensive
6. than 12. the
|Exercise 6. Choosing a singer for a musical|
|Desmond and Jilly are trying to find a singer for a new musical. They saw three singers this morning. Change the underlined adjectives into comparatives or superlatives.|
It was difficult ________ today with the guys than yesterday with the girls. Luke is the young __________, isnít he? He was also the good _________ dancer this morning, but I donít think heís ready. Itís hard to sing every night for six weeks, isnít it? Matt is old ________ than Luke, and heís got the right face, but heís also got the bad __________ voice of the three, Iím afraid. In my view, Charlie is the good _______ of the guys. We can teach him to dance later!
What did you think about the guys this morning? Charlie was the loud _________ singer Iíve ever heard! My ears are still hurting. Heís probably got the strong __________ voice in London.
I liked him, but Luke was a good ________ dancer than him, and his voice was good too. But Luke hasnít sung in a big show before. Matt, the tall ________ guy today, looked great, but his voice was weak __________ than Charlieís. Weíve got to decide soon, but we could see them again tomorrow. What do you think?
Exercise 6. Choosing a singer for a musical
1. more difficult
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