Comparative and Superlative Adjectives

  1. Jeremy is 10 years old. Jenny is 8 years old. Jeremy is (old) ____________ ______ Jenny.
  2. The Alps are very high. They are (high) _____ _______________ mountains in Europe.
  3. An ocean is (large) ____________ _______ a sea.
  4. A Rolls Royce costs a lot of money. A Twingo costs less.
    A Rolls Royce is (expensive) _______ ________________ _____ a Twingo.
  5. John’s results were bad. Fred’s were very poor. Fred’s results were (bad) __________ _____ John’s.
  6. This exercise is not very difficult. It’s ____________ ______ I expected.
  7. The weather is not good today. It’s raining. I hope the weather will be (good) _____________ next week.
  8. People are not very friendly in big cities. They are usually (friendly) ________________ in small towns.
  9. In the government of a country, the President is (important) _____ ______ _______________ person.
  10. People say that Chinese is (difficult) ______ ____________ to learn than English.

Comparative Adjectives Test 3

1. I am ________ my brother.
a) taller than
b) the tallest

2. She is ________ student in her class. 
a) younger than
b) the younger
c) the youngest

3. The dog is ________ the cat.
a) the older than
b) older than
c) the oldest

4. The red jacket is ________ the blue jacket. 
a) expensiver than
b) more expensive than
c) the most expensive

5. My mother is ________ in her family.
a) the shorter
b) the shorter than
c) the shortest

6. I like sushi, but Chinese food is ________.
a) better
b) the better
c) more better
c) the bestest

7. My drink is ________ of all the drinks.
a) colder than
b) the coldest
c) the most cold

8. My sister is ________ student in her class.
a) smarter than
b) the smarter
c) the most smart
d) the smartest

9. Those books are ________ than the other books.
a) expensiver than
b) more expensive than
c) most expensive than
d) the most expensive

10. Her brother is ________ soccer player on his team.
a) the better
b) better than
c) the most good
d) the best

The comparison of adjectives 2

B – Comparison with more – most

positive comparative superlative
difficult more difficult (the) most difficult

all adjectives with more than one syllable (except some adjectives with two syllables – see
2 – 1 to 2 – 4)

C – Irregular adjectives

positive comparative superlative comment
good better best
bad worse worst
much more most uncountable nouns
many more most countable nouns
little less least
little smaller smallest

D – Special adjectives

Some adjectives have two possible forms of comparison (-er/est and more/most).

positive comparative superlative
clever cleverer / more clever cleverest / most clever
common commoner / more common commonest / most common
likely likelier / more likely likeliest / most likely
pleasant pleasanter / more pleasant pleasantest / most pleasant
polite politer / more polite politest / most polite
quiet quieter / more quiet quietest / most quiet
simple simpler / more simple simplest / most simple
stupid stupider / more stupid stupidest / most stupid
subtle subtler / more subtle subtlest / most subtle
sure surer / more sure surest / most sure

E – Difference in meaning with adjectives:

positive comparative superlative comment
far farther farthest distance
further furthest distance or
late later latest
latter x
x last
old older oldest people and things
elder eldest people (family)
near nearer nearest distance
x next order

Comparison of adjectives1

Fill in the missing words into the gaps.

There are three forms of comparison:

– positive
– comparative
– superlative

A – Comparison with -er/-est

clean – cleaner – (the) cleanest

We use -er/-est with the following adjectives:

1) Adjectives with one syllable

positive comparative superlative
clean cleaner cleanest
new newer newest
cheap cheaper cheapest

2) Adjectives with two syllables and the following endings:

2 – 1) Adjectives with two syllables, ending in -y

positive comparative superlative
dirty dirtier dirtiest
easy easier easiest
happy happier happiest
pretty prettier prettiest

2 – 2) Adjectives with two syllables, ending in -er

positive comparative superlative
clever cleverer cleverest

2 – 3) Adjectives with two syllables, ending in -le

positive comparative superlative
simple simpler simplest

2 – 4) Adjectives with two syllables, ending in -ow

positive comparative superlative
narrow narrower narrowest

3) Spelling of the adjectives using the endings -er/-est

positive comparative superlative comment
large larger largest leave out the silent -e
big bigger biggest Double the consonant after short vowel
sad sadder saddest
dirty dirtier dirtiest Change -y to -i (consonant before -y)
shy shyer shyest Here -y is not changed to -i.
(although consonant before -y)