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.

 

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So and Such | English Grammar Quiz

Two of the words that people often struggle with in English are so and such. It can be difficult to know how to use these words and when to use them correctly. Are you one of these people? Well then fear not, we are hear with a fantastic explanation of so and such to help you figure it out once and for all. Read the explanation below and then try our quiz. Good luck!

So and such both do the same role. They intensify a statement and give it more emphasis. They have the same meaning as ‘very’.

E.g. He is very kind = He is so kind

E.g. He is very kind = He is such a kind man

 

The grammatical difference, as you can see, is that so is used with an adjective, whereas such is used with a noun phrase.

E.g. He is so kind = Subject + verb + so + adjective

E.g. He is such a kind man = Subject + verb + such + noun phrase

 

We can also add so in front of much, many, little and few to add more emphasis

E.g. There was so much mess in the house.

 

Such is always used before a noun, even when we have an adjective before it

E.g. She walks with such style/ She walks with such elegant style

 

Such is used when we have a noun phrase with a/an

E.g. It was such a cold night

E.g. He is such an angry man

 

We use so before adverbs

E.g. They sang so brilliantly

 

So and Such | Fill in the Gap

Fill in the gap with the correct word

William Shakespeare | English Grammar Exercise (Past Simple Verbs)

On this exact day in fifteen ninety-five (1595) William Shakespeare’s most famous play Romeo and Juliet was performed in London. A long time has passed since that day but four hundred and twenty-six years later we can say that this epic love story is probably still the most famous in the world.

So, let’s celebrate this wonderful day by practicing our simple past verbs!

Follow the text below, all about William Shakespeare, and fill in the gaps with the past simple verbs as you go. Enjoy!

William Shakespeare | Fill in the Gaps | Past Simple Verbs

Fill in the gaps with the correct past simple verbs.