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Comparatives: form

Comparatives: form
Activity Fill in the Gaps
Activity Fill in the Gaps
Practise the form and spelling of the comparative adjectives and adverbs
 

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Instructions

Complete the gaps writing the correct form of the comparative. Use the -TAB- key on your computer keyboard to move from one box to the next.
 

COMPARISON OF SUPERIORITY AND SUPERLATIVE

When comparing two things we use the comparative:

      John is taller than Mark

When comparing more than two things, we use the superlative:

      John is the tallest in his family
      Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world


short words (1 syllable):

Comparatives add -ER and superlatives add -EST
     old  older  oldest
     fast  faster  fastest

Words ending in -e drop it
     late  later  latest
     fine  finer  finest

Words ending in -y change it to -i
     shy  shier  shiest
Words ending in one single syllable followed by one single consonant, double the final consonant when the vowel is stressed: -1V+1C --> -CC
     fat  fatter  fattest
     slim  slimmer  slimmest

 
long words (3 or more syllables):

They use MORE for the comparative and THE MOST for the superlative.
 
     intelligent  more intelligent  the most intelligent
 
2-syllable words:

They can use both forms, but we prefer More/the Most
     
     handsome  more handsome the most handsome
     cheerful  more cheerful  the most cheerful

 
Nevertheless, words ending in -y and some adjectives such as: quiet, clever y narrow usually take -er/-est
     easy  easier   the easiest
     happy  happier  the happiest
     clever  cleverer   the cleverest

 
But if they end in -ly, they use more/most (except: early)
     quickly  more quickly  the most quickly
     slowly  more slowly  the most slowly
     early  earlier  the earliest

Items

Gapped text
OLD - __________
FAST - ____________
TALL - ____________
LOW - __________
HIGH - ____________
CALM - ____________
FAST - ____________
FINE - __________
COOL - ____________
CUTE - __________
NICE - __________
WIDE - __________
DRY - __________
UGLY - ____________
HAPPY - ______________
PRETTY - ________________
BUSY - ____________
SHY - __________
BIG - ____________
FAT - ____________
TALL - ____________
HOT - ____________
SAD - ____________
COLD - ____________
TINY - ____________
DIM - ____________
COMFORTABLE - ________________________________
LONG - ____________
ROMANTIC - __________________________
CAREFULLY - ____________________________
FASCINATING - ________________________________
WONDERFUL - ____________________________
EXCITING - __________________________
FAMOUS - ______________________
SIMPLE - ______________________
TENDER - ______________________
BORING - ______________________
PAINTED - ________________________
QUIET - ______________
NARROW - ________________
CLEVER - ________________
EASY - ____________
FAMOUS - ______________________
DIRTY - ______________
FRIENDLY - __________________________
SLOWLY - ______________________
EARLY - ______________
SADLY - ____________________
GOOD - ____________ - THE ____________
BAD - __________ - THE __________
FAR - ________________ - THE ________________
WELL - ____________ - THE ____________
LITTLE - __________ - THE __________
STRONG - ________________
IMPRESSIVE - ______________________________
Total number of items: 55

 

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