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Comparatives and Superlatives

     


    One-syllable adjectives

  • Form the comparative and superlative forms of a one-syllable adjective by adding –er for the comparative form and –est for the superlative.
    • tall --> taller  -  the tallest
    • old --> older  -  the oldest
  • If the one-syllable adjective ends with an e, just add –r for the comparative form and –st for the superlative form.
    • large --> larger -  the largest
    • wise --> wiser  -  the wisest
  • If the one-syllable adjective ends with a single consonant with a vowel before it, double the consonant and add –er for the comparative and -est for the superlative form.
    • thin --> thinner -  the thinnest
    • big  --> bigger   -  the biggest

   Two-syllable adjectives

  • With most two-syllable, you form the comparative with more  and the superlative with most.  
    • pleasant --> more pleasant - the most pleasant
    • careful  -->  more careful  -  the most careful
  • If the two-syllable adjectives ends with –y, change the y to i and add –er for the comparative and -est for the superlative.
    • happy --> happier - the happiest
    • funny --> funnier  - the funniest
  • Two-syllable adjectives ending in –er, -le, or –ow take –er for the comparative and -est for the superlative form.
    • gentle  -->  gentler   -  the gentlest
    • narrow --> narrower - the narrowest

    Three-or-more-syllable adjectives

  • For adjectives with three syllables or more, you form the comparative with more and the superlative with most.
    • interesting --> more interesting - the most interesting
    • expensive --> more expensive  - the most expensive

     Irregular

    • good --> better   -   the best
    • bad  -->  worse   -   the worst
    • far   -->  farther  -   the farthest
    • little  --> less      -   the least
    • many --> more   -   the most


Exercises

  1.  Write down the comparative and the superlative forms of these adjectives:                             

                          COMPARATIVE        SUPERLATIVE

  • delicious       
  • nice             
  • bad              
  • important     
  • many            
  • intelligent  
  • deep          
  • fat              
  • high            
  • tough         
  • far               
  • bright         
  • slow          

                           COMPARATIVE        SUPERLATIVE

  • heavy        
  • tight              
  • little            
  • hot             
  • lazy            
  • wide              
  • cheap         
  • exciting        
  • clever         
  • good          
  • attractive    
  • fine             
  • strong         
 
 
 
2. Now listen to this song and complete it with the comparative or superlative adjectives from above.
 Texas Lightning - No No Never
 
 
 

My love is now than you'll ever know
and it won't ever let you go
My love is than the ocean can be
and it’s than the deep blue sea
My love goes than a mountain can rise
and I see it there in your eyes
My love gets when the going gets rough
and believe me, I've got than enough

Keep tryin' babe, keep holding on
There's a place we belong
Where things are good, where love is strong

I'm never ever gonna leave you to cry on your own
Never ever gonna not go and pick up the phone
I'm never ever gonna let you be chilled to the bone
No, no, never
No, no, never
I'm never ever gonna leave when you're lost in the storm
Never ever gonna not keep you safe where it's warm
I never ever will desert you when your heart is torn
No, no, never
No, no, never

My love shines than a twinkling star
baby no matter where you are
And my love keeps burning like an eternal flame
you can feel it, when I'm calling your name

Keep tryin' babe, keep holding on
There's a place we belong
Where things are good, where love is strong

I'm never ever gonna leave you to cry on your own

Never ever gonna not go and pick up the phone
I'm never ever gonna let you be chilled to the bone
No, no, never
No, no, never
I'm never ever gonna leave when you're lost in the storm
Never ever gonna not keep you safe where it's warm
I never ever will desert you when your heart is torn
No, no, never
No, no, never

 

       

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