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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #25716: Comparatives of superiority
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    Comparatives of superiority


    COMPARATIVE OF SUPERIORITY (+)



    I) HOW TO BUILD

    1)  1 syllabe => "-er" :

                                                             old --> older

                                                          small--> smaller

         

    2)  1 syllabe ending in "consonant-vowel-consonant" =>  double consonants:

                                                             hot--> hotter

                                                             sad--> sadder

                                                           slim--> slimmer         


    3)  Adjectives with 1 OR 2 syllabe(s) ending in -y => "-i  + er" :

                                                             shy--> shier             

                                                        happy--> happier

                                                          easy--> easier



    4)  Adjectives with 1 syllabe ending in "-e", add "-r" :

                                                           ripe--> riper                

                                                           nice--> nicer



    5)  Other adjectives with 2+ syllabes (without a final -y) =>  "more" :

                                                     famous--> more famous

                                                  beautiful--> more beautiful

                                              interesting--> more interesting



    6) Irregular forms:

                                                         good--> better     

                                                           bad--> worse       

                                                            far--> farther      

         

    7) 2-syllable adjectives ending in -ow, -le, -er can  have a compative with MORE / "-er" :

                                              narrow -->   narrower   OR  more narrow                  

                                                clever-->   cleverer  OR  more clever                 







    II) HOW TO USE:

                                        Sonia is young   but   Suzanne is younger.

                                        Suzanne is younger than Sonia.

                                   






         An armchair is more comfortable than a chair.

                                   





    OTHER EXAMPLES:

    n°1       

                 Stuart                Mike

                                tall                                              Stuart is taller than Mike.

      

                  

                                 fast                                             A plane is faster than a car.

      



    n°2               

                                 big                                              The cat is bigger than the mouse.

                   

                                thin                                             The organizer is thinner than the medical book.

      




    n°3           

                              pretty                                           The dove is prettier than the bat.

                      

                                    dry                                           The Sahara desert is drier than savanna.

      




    n°4            

                                   large                                         A bus is larger than a car.

                     

                                   fine                                           In Summer the weather is finer than in winter.

      

    n°5               

                                dangerous                                 A shark is more dangerous than a clown-fish.

                          

                                expensive                                 A castle is more  expensive than a house.

      

    n°6                                        


               

                                  far                                             The sun is farther than the moon.

      




    n°7     2x + 3 = 5  //    x² - 3x + 1 = 0

                               simple                                        The 1st equation is simpler to solve than the 2nd one.

                                                                                                    OR           more simple to solve than the 2nd one.





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    2. A hurricane is (frightening) a storm.

    3. Learning Chinese is (easy) learning Japanese.

    4. August is (hot) December.

    5. Riding a horse is (difficult) riding a bicycle.

    6. John is good at maths but Eric is (good).

    7. This film is (funny) the one we saw last week.

    8. A tiger is (strong) a lynx.

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    11. is (sad) .









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