Comparatives, Superlatives: Exercise

Grammar Summary:

Fill the spaces with comparatives (-er, -ier, more...) and superlatives (-est, -iest, the most...) as appropriate.


Remember correct comparative form can depend on the number of syllables the adjective has and its spelling. See also our tutorial on comparatives and superlatives.

Complete the sentences:

Comparatives - cat napkin

Convert the adjective at the end of each sentence to the appropriate comparative or superlative.

1. The cat napkin: the world’s ................................ invention (useless).

2. My brother is ............................... me (old).


3.
That’s ............................... interpretation of Hamlet I’ve seen (good).

4. Work is a lot ...................... these days – I rarely have any free time (busy).

5. I’m finding that looking after a 3-year old is ................................... than running a company (challenging)

6. What’s ............................... thing you’ve ever done? (difficult)

7. My dad’s ........................... your dad (big).

8. Who’s ............................ famous person you’ve met? (famous)

9. This year's test was ............................ last year's. (easy)

10. Which country has ............................ weather in the world? (bad)


ANSWERS:

1. most useless

John saysNormally, two-syllable adjectives take 'the most...' for superlatives.



2. older than 

As normal for one-syllable adjectives.

3. the best

Irregular

4. busier than 

Adjectives ending with '-y' take '-ier' for the comparative.

5. more challenging than

All 3 syllable adjectives take 'more...than' for the comparative.

6. the most difficult

As 4.

7. bigger than

If single-syllable ending with vowel-consonant, double the consonant.

8. the most famous

As 1.

9. the easiest

Like 4. above.

10. the worst

Irregular form.



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