Comparatives and Superlatives

In today’s blog post we are going to learn all about comparative adjectives! Learning about comparative adjectives is really important so that you can describe things or people in relation to others. Oftentimes, when we take an adjective and make it a comparative adjective, we add on + ER to the end of the word.
For example: “I am tall” would become “I am taller than my sister”!
“My car is big” would become “my car is bigger than your car”.
The formula is:

Noun (subject) + verb + comparative adjective + than + noun (object).

However, maybe you have noticed that not all adjectives can be transformed into comparative adjectives by simply adding on ER. If a word is long, (typically more than two syllables but not always), we have to add the word more to make it a comparative adjective.

For example : This coat is more expensive than that coat!
My happiness is more important to me than my wealth.

The formula for long words is:

Noun (subject) + verb + more + adjective + than + noun (object).

But what if we want to transform an adjective into a superlative? To do this we often add on EST to the end of an adjective to transform it into a superlative form.

For example: My grandma is the oldest in the family.
I am the tallest in the class!

However, just as before a separate rule comes for adjectives that are particularly long. For these words we need to add on the word MOST.

For example: This test is the most difficult test that you can take.
She is so kind, she is the most supportive teacher I have ever had.

Comparatives and Superlatives quiz

Let’s put it to the test! Try and transform these adjectives into comparative and superlatives adjectives:

Basic Adjectives

Basic Adjectives

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We know learning new vocabulary is always fun, especially when you can use the words to discuss how often, or how well you can complete an activity! This is why we have created the following exercises to help you learn and remember some new adjectives that can be used in a wide variety of situations, for example:

“I just checked Google Maps and the traffic today is so slow! I am going to be so late to work and I have such a full day!”

“I am very hungry today, I had to skip lunch and am feeling a little weak, so I hope the food comes out very quick.”

 “I just got a new puppy and he is extremely energetic! He is always excited to go outside and play with his ball. The only problem is that he gets up very early and wakes me up often, so I tired when I get to work.”

“My new teacher is very old and usually has boring lessons. Therefore, he gets angry when the class is talking to each other.”

“It makes me happy when my espresso is strong in the morning because it wakes me up before I start my day.”


Basic Adjectives quiz

Now it is your turn to practice using these basic adjectives:

Possible Answers:

slow – new – energetic – strong – late – hungry – quick – angry – old – full – tired – weak

happy – bored – early – excited

French Bulldog Becomes Top US Dog Breed


Frenchies (not a derogatory word for French people, but meaning French Bulldogs!) have ousted Labradors as the US’s “Top Dog” for the first time in thirty years. These cuddly buddies are, however, not loved by everyone.

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

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Adapted from this article.

Quiz Time!

French Bulldog Becomes Top US Dog Breed | Synonym Match

Match the words with their correct definitions.

French Bulldog Becomes Top US Dog Breed | Fill in the Blank

Fill in the blanks with the correct words from the video.

French Bulldog Becomes Top US Dog Breed | True or False

Decide if each statement is true or false.

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Full text for French Bulldog Becomes Top US Dog Breed:

For the first time in thirty years, the U.S. has a new favorite dog breed. Adorable in some eyes, deplorable in others, the sturdy, push-faced, perky-eared, and distinctively droll French bulldog became the nation’s most prevalent purebred dog last year. Frenchies ousted Labrador retrievers from the top spot after a record 31 years.
There’s concern that demand, plus the premium that some buyers will pay for “exotic” coat colors and textures, is engendering quick-buck breeders and unhealthy dogs. The British Veterinary Association has urged people not to buy flat-faced breeds, such as Frenchies. The Netherlands has prohibited breeding very short-snouted dogs, and the country’s agriculture minister aims to outlaw even owning them.
Social media and celebrity owners gave the dogs fresh exposure. Still more came last year, when U.S. TV audiences watched a Frenchie take second place at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and then win the National Dog Show hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia.
Some other breeds are prone to ailments ranging from hip dysplasia to cancers, and mixed-breed dogs also can get sick. But recently published research involving about 24,600 dogs in Britain suggested that Frenchies have “very different, and largely much poorer” health than do other canines, largely due to the foreshortened, wrinkly face that encapsulates the breed’s indefinable quality.
The American Veterinary Medical Association is exploring ways to improve flat-faced dogs’ welfare.