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Repeated comparatives describe things that are increasing or decreasing.

 

The birth-rate is getting lower and lower.

Fewer and fewer children are leaving school.

It’s becoming more and more difficult.

By the end of the century, couples were waiting longer and longer to marry.

FILL THE BLANKS AS IN THE EXAMPLES ABOVE:

 

1)   He gets  (boring). I can’t listen to him any longer.

2)   I didn’t like this book at first, but it’s getting  (interesting).

3)   My daughter’s English results are getting  (bad).

4)   The boss will be angry with you. You arrive  (late) at work.

5)   In spring the weather gets  (warm).

6)   It’s time you tidied your room. It’s getting  (messy).

7)   Food is getting  (expensive).

8)   I think TV programs are getting  (violent).

9)   I find it  (difficult) to see him.

10)   She’s getting over her operation. She feels  (good).

 

 

Double comparatives describe a cause-and-effect process.

 

The more education women get, the later they marry.

The better the quality of health care (is), the higher the life expectancy (is).

 

FILL IN THE BLANKS WITH THE CORRECT FORM OF THE WORDS BELOW:

 

better
loud
hot
probable
small
better
more
rich
big

less
happy
merry
late
safe
fast
cheap
more
hard

 

1)      The  you study for these exams, the  you will do.

2)      She doesn't really like vodka, so the  a bottle you find, the  it will be for us.

3)      My neighbour is driving me mad! It seems that the  it is at night, the  he plays his music!

4)      He spent a year in India and loves spicy food. The  the food is, the  he likes it.

5)      Of course you can come to the party. The  the  .

6)      She will be really angry about that vase being broken! The  she knows about it, the  .

7)      He has 6 large dogs to protect his house. The  the dog, the  he feels.

8)      Earning money has always been the thing that pleases him most. The  he becomes, the  he is.

9)      You must drive slower in built up areas. The  you drive in the city, the  it is that you will have an accident.

 

 

(These activities have been taken from 'Comparison - Repeated Comparative and Double comparatives' in ESLPrintables by xcharo - see http://en.islcollective.com/worksheets/worksheet_page?id=5515)

 

 

       


 

 

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