Superlatives Exercise

You might know how to compare things in English, but do you know the superlative equivalents?

Superlatives are used when describing extremes. For example, you may think pizza is good, but is it the best food ever?

Most adjectives in their superlative form take the ending -est, for example:
Adjective – Big
Comparative – Bigger
Superlative – Biggest

This rule is followed for most single syllable words (small, quick, slow, clean, high, loud etc.).

The only exception to this rule is when the verb ends in -y. In this case, we change the -y to an -i, and then we add -est. For example:
Adjective – Angry
Comparative – Angrier
Superlative – Angriest

Other examples of these adjectives include bossy, cloudy, dirty, funny, hungry, scary etc.

However, if the adjective has 3 or more syllables, we don’t use -est. Instead, we add ‘the most’ in front. For example:
Adjective – Beautiful
Comparative – More Beautiful
Superlative – Most Beautiful

Other adjectives that take this form are wonderful, powerful, incredible, fantastic etc.

There are also some adjectives which only have 2 syllables which also take ‘the most’. For example:
The most famous
The most stupid
The most upset

Lastly, there are the irregular adjectives. These include:

Good – The best
Bad – The worst
Old – The eldest
Little – Least
Many – Most
Far – The furthest

Here are some examples using each type of superlative…

-I went to the best rated restaurant in Milan yesterday, but the food was the worst.

-The Beatles are one of the most famous bands in the world, but I don’t like their music!

-I think Italy is the most beautiful city in the world, and they have the most incredible food.

-My friends stayed in the dirtiest hotel last weekend. They won’t be returning.

-You don’t need to be the richest person in the world, as long as you are happy!

So now you know the rules, have a go at the quiz and test your knowledge!

Superlatives Exercise

Use the superlative form of the adjectives in brackets.

 

Let us know in the comments how you did on the quiz, and if you’d like to further improve your knowledge of English then check out our huge collection of exercises, audio quizzes and blog posts here!

Learn English with the News – Apple Starts Production on Electric Cars

There is no denying that the general trend in the automotive industry is gravitating towards electric vehicles. And now, with the announcement of tech giant Apple, it looks like the competition just got a little bit bigger. How will this company’s involvement change the landscape of the automotive industry? Only time will tell.

Watch the video and then do the accompanying English language exercises.

The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored.

Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

This is why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with what is happening in the world. We hope our challenging daily exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, will satisfy both of those above worlds in a satisfactory and also entertaining way.

So enough about introductions, let’s get to today’s Learn English with the News topic:

Adapted from this article.

Apple Starts Production on Electric Cars | Fill in the Blank

Fill the empty spaces with the proper words.

Apple Starts Production on Electric Cars | Definition match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

Apple Starts Production on Electric Cars | True or False

Indicate which sentences are true and which ones are false.

Full text:

“Tech giant Apple, creators of the famous iPhone, have announced that they are working on electric car technology which should be ready by 2024. The cars would be available to the general public, and will be competing with brands such as Tesla.

For years, the iPhone manufacturer has been rumoured to be working on a self-driving car program known as Project Titan, but it has never been officially recognised by the company.

Now, Apple has made big steps in this project to finally plan to create a vehicle for customers, according to a study by Reuters – even though this could be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This particular vehicle will be different from other self-driving cars made by other manufacturers, such as Google’s Waymo, because it will not only be self-driving, it will also have the option to be used as a normal car.

Sources from Reuters have said that Apple has developed a new kind of battery which would massively reduce the cost of electric car batteries and increase the distance the cars can travel.

The venture does not come without problems, however. It could be difficult to make money in the car industry, as it took Tesla 17 years before they started making a profit. This is due to the fact that you must make and sell a lot of cars before even making back your original investment.

Whether Apple will assemble the vehicle itself or use production partners is not clear, and the company could also simply concentrate on creating an AI driving device that could be used with vehicles from another company.” 

The Flag of Sicily | English Vocabulary Challenge

At Scrambled Eggs, we are a very international team. Our teachers come from the USA and the UK and our reception team are Italians! Therefore, we love to learn about different cultures and share our national and regional differences. If you come to our school, in our main classroom, you will find all of the flags of Australia, Canada, the UK and the USA proudly displayed. In fact, we are a bit obsessed with the flags of different countries! But, as you know, even within Italy, there are many cultural differences and different histories also throughout the regions. One very distinct region is the island of Sicily. So, we thought we would take a look at this proud region’s flag and give you the opportunity to learn some new vocabulary at the same time. Read the information below and then try our quizzes!

The island of Sicily has a long and interesting history. It’s certainly not straight-forward anyway! Humans lived on the island even as far back as 12,000 BC. Then the Greeks came and it became the site of the Sicilian and Punic Wars. After the fall of Rome, Sicily was ruled by many different kingdoms, from the Vandals, the Ostrogoths, the Byzantines and then eventually the kingdoms of Naples and of Two Sicilies. Italian reunification brought the region into the new nation of Italy and after World War Two it was recognised as an autonomous region of the Italian Republic.

As well as an interesting history, Sicily is well-known for its fantastic natural landscapes. The island is roughly in the shape of a triangle and from beautiful beaches, hills, rivers and even volcanoes, Sicily has it all. It has a typical Mediterranean climate, with mild and wet winters and with hot and dry summers. Because of the fantastic history of the island, there are many historic monuments left for tourists to see, such as Greek and Roman temples. The historic centres of cities like Palermo and Catania are very enchanting, and walking through you feel like you are stepping back in time. The Sicilan cuisine is delightfully diverse and features different dishes such as cannoli and arancine.

The flag of Sicily is extremely interesting. It is very colourful, with a red and yellow background which represents the colours of the two cities Palermo and Corleone. The flag also features the head of a medusa with three legs. This and the wheat ears symbolise the fertility of the island because it such a good place to grow fresh food. The flag has taken many different forms in the past but the version of today has been used since 1990.

We hope you enjoyed reading about Sicily and it’s flag… Now try the quizzes below to test your knowledge of the meaning and the words in bold!

Flag of Sicily | Definitions Quiz

Match the word with the correct definition

Flag of Sicily | True or False

Decide if the statement is true or false