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Comparative adjectives


1 Look at the way we compare things:

long adjectives (two syllables or more): adjective famousdifficult careful expensive comparative more famous more difficult more careful more expensive
happier hungrier better worse



adjectives ending with -y:
happy hungry

The Plaza Hotel is cheaper thanthe Excelsior. The Excelsior Hotel is bigger than the Plaza. The Excelsior is more expensive than the Plaza. The Plaza Hotel is smaller than the Excelsior.



irregular adjectives:
good bad(For more information, see Appendix 4, page 245)

2 Cheaper and more expensive are comparative
adjectives. We form them like this:


3 To compare things, we use a comparative
adjective + than:Tom is richer than Paul. Paris is more beautiful than London. My new car is better than my old one.

short adjectives (one syllable): comparative older longer nicer newer slower fatter hotter biggeradjective old long nice new slow fat hot big

Practice
A Write the comparative form of these adjectives.


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

cold big careful expensive good fat famous new modernyoung cheap delicious rich

colder

13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25

long hungry nice happy difficult old beautiful friendly hot wonderful bad small sad

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B Writecomparative sentences about the pictures using than and the words
in brackets ( ). Use the Present Simple.


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1 2 3 4 56 7

(be/tall) (be/cold) (be/hungry) (be/small) (be/happy) (be/young) (be/rich) (be/friendly)

Tom is taller than Sam.

C Look at the information about two boats, the Queen Anne and the...
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