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Comparative Adjectives

When we talk about 2 things, we can "compare" them. We can see if they
are the same or different. Perhaps they are the same in some ways and
different in other ways.

A       B

We can use comparative adjectives to describe the differences. "A is
bigger than B."

Formation of Comparative Adjectives

There are two ways to form a comparative adjective:

short adjectives: add '-er'

long adjectives: use 'more'

Short adjectives

1-syllable adjectives old, fast

2-syllable adjectives ending in -y happy, easy

Normal rule: add '-er' old > older

Variation: if the adjective ends in -e, just add -r late > later

Variation: if the adjective ends in consonant, vowel, consonant, double
the last consonant big > bigger

Variation: if the adjective ends in -y, change the -y to -i happy >
happier

Long adjectives

2-syllable adjectives not ending in -y modern, pleasant

all adjectives of 3 or more syllables expensive, intellectual

Normal rule: use 'more' modern > more modern

expensive > more expensive

Tip. With some 2-syllable adjectives, we can use '-er' or 'more':

quiet > quieter/more quiet

clever > cleverer/more clever

narrow > narrower/more narrow

simple > simpler/more simple

Exception! The following adjectives have irregular forms:

good > better

well (healthy) > better

bad > worse

far > farther/further

Use of Comparative Adjectives

We use comparative adjectives when talking about 2 things (not 3 or 10
or 1,000,000 things, only 2 things).

Often, the comparative adjective is followed by 'than'.

Look at these examples:

John is 1m80. He is tall. But Chris is 1m85. He is taller than John.

America is big. But Russia is bigger.

I want to have a more powerful computer.

Is French more difficult than English?

If we talk about the two planets Earth and Mars, we can compare them
like this:

  Earth Mars  

Diameter (km) 12,760 6,790 Mars is smaller than Earth.

Distance from Sun (million km) 150 228 Mars is more distant from the
Sun.

Length of day (hours) 24 25 A day on Mars is slightly longer than a day
on Earth.

Moons 1 2 Mars has more moons than Earth.

Surface temperature (°C) 22 -23 Mars is colder than Earth.



Superlative Adjectives

Comparison is between 2 things: "A is bigger than B."

A       B

But the superlative is the extreme between 3 or more things. "A is the
biggest."

A       B       C

Formation of Superlative Adjectives

As with comparative adjectives, there are two ways to form a superlative
adjective:

short adjectives: add '-est'

long adjectives: use 'most'

We also usually add 'the' at the beginning.

Short adjectives

1-syllable adjectives old, fast

2-syllable adjectives ending in -y happy, easy

Normal rule: add '-est' old > the oldest

Variation: if the adjective ends in -e, just add -st late > the latest

Variation: if the adjective ends in consonant, vowel, consonant, double
the last consonant big > the biggest

Variation: if the adjective ends in -y, change the -y to -i happy > the

i happy > the
happiest

Long adjectives

2-syllable adjectives not ending in -y modern, pleasant

all adjectives of 3 or more syllables expensive, intellectual

Normal rule: use 'most' modern > the most modern

expensive > the most expensive



Tip With some 2-syllable adjectives, we can use '-est' or 'most':

quiet > the quietest/most quiet

clever > the cleverest/most clever

narrow > the narrowest/most narrow

simple > the simplest/most simple

Exception! The following adjectives have irregular forms:

good > the best

bad > the worst

far > the furthest

Use of Superlative Adjectives

We use a superlative adjective to describe 1 thing in a group of 3 or
more things.

Look at these examples:

John is 1m75. David is 1m80. Chris is 1m85. Chris is the tallest.

America, China and Russia are big countries. But Russia is the biggest.

Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world.

If we talk about the three planets Earth, Mars and Jupiter, we can use
superlatives like this:

  Earth Mars Jupiter  

Diameter (km) 12,760 6,790 142,800 Jupiter is the biggest.

Distance from Sun (million km) 150 228 778 Jupiter is the most distant
from the Sun.

Length of day (hours) 24 25 10 Jupiter has the shortest day.

Moons 1 2 16 Jupiter has the most moons.

Surface temperature (°C) 22 -23 -150 Jupiter is the coldest.

When we compare one thing with itself, we do not use "the":

England is coldest in winter. (not the coldest)

My boss is most generous when we get a big order. (not the most
generous)

Comparison of Adverbs

There are 2 ways how the adverbs form their comparative and superlative.

1. Adverbs in -ly form their comparative and superlative with more and
most. (But not early)

Could you say that more slowly, please?

Tom can shoot the most accurately.

You will just have to get up earlier.

2. Adverbs with the same form as adjectives form their comparative and
superlative with -er and -est.

Sarah run the fastest.

Some adverbs form their comparative and superlative irregularly.

Positive Comparative Superlative

badly worse worst

well better best

little less least

far farther, further farthest, furthest

much more most



Comparison as...as, less etc.

We use as...as to compare 2 things that are the same in the same way.

I cannot do crosswords as quickly as you.

Less and least are the opposites of more and most.

The old man's son visits him less often nowadays.

We can repeat a comparative after and to talk about a change in
something else.

They went faster and faster down the hill.

We use the+comparative to talk about a change in one thing which causes
a change in something else.

The more you practise, the better you will play.

Ten sentences:

I am not the tallest student in our group.

James Hetfield plays electric guitar much better than I.

I think that tomorrow it will be colder than today.

On my girlfriend’s birthday I bought the most expensive present I could
afford.

Sevastopol is the most picturesque city in Crimea.

Crimea.

T-1 line Internet connection is much faster than dial-up one, however it
is more expensive.

The more I study, the better will be results.

On average, people eat about twice as much proteins as they need.

Calculus is simpler than statistics.

10) Mice are smaller than elephants.

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