Comparative and superlative adjectives

Examples of irregular forms
Adjectives Comparative Superlative
much/many more the most
few/little less the least
good better the best
bad worse the worst
Regular forms requiring 'ER' or 'EST'
Adjectives Comparative forms (........er) Superlative forms (the .....est)
Adjectives with one syllable only thin thinner the thinnest
Adjectives ending in a single consonant which must be doubled fat fatter the fattest
Adjectives with one syllable, but ending in E fierce fiercer the fiercest
Adjectives with one syllable + Y (Y changes to I) friendly friendlier the friendliest
Regular forms requiring 'MORE' or 'THE MOST' Adjectives with more than one syllable Adjectives ending with ED or ING
Adjectives Comparative forms (more/less ........) Superlative forms (the most/the least .......)
dangerous more/less dangerous the most/the least dangerous
bored (even though only one syllable is pronounced) more/less bored the most/the least bored
Interesting more/less interesting the most/the least interesting

Exercise 1. Read the quotation by St.Augustine: “The world is a great book, of which they who never stir from home read only a page”.

1. Do you agree with these words?

2. By the way, do you like travelling?

3. Let’s 5 associationsto the word “travelling. Write them down. Read your associations.

4. But why do people travel? Look at this scheme and try to complete it.

Exercise 2. Work with a partner. Role play these dialogs.

1) At the booking-office

What is Mark asking for?

C: Yes, sir?

Mark: I’d like to book a seat on an afternoon train to Glasgow.

C: Single or return.

Mark : Return, please.

C: That’ll be fifty-seven pounds, sir.

Mark: There you are.

C: Thank you. Your train leaves at two twenty-five. Platform 6.

2) At the booking-office

How many tickets does he want to buy?

Mark : Excuse me, where can I book a ticket to Birmingham?

C: The second window to your right. You’ll see it written up.

Mark : Could you give me an early morning train to Birmingham tomorrow?

C: How many tickets?

Mark : Two, please.



C: Just a minute. Let me see.... Well, I can let you have two tickets but in different carriages. Will that do?

Mark : I’m afraid not. See if you can find two tickets in a non-smoker for the day after tomorrow?

C: Yes, we have some tickets left in a second-class sleeper, if you wish.

Mark : I won’t have to change, will I?

C: Oh, no. It’s a through train.

Exercise 3. This is a British Railway ticket with the reserved seat at the Ticket office or Travel Agency. Give your comments.

Ø date of travel

Ø class is the coach

Ø What’s the seat?

Exercise 4. Listen [1. T. ]to Martin talking about his journey from London to Avignon by car.

Mark the sentences T (true) or F(false)

1 There is a lot of traffic in London on Saturday mornings.

2 Petrol is more expensive in Britain than in France.

3 There are two ways to cross the English Channel by car.

4 You can’t drive through the Channel Tunnel.

5 Drivers must sit in their car when they go through the tunnel.


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