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 ( 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.