Making Comparisons in English

Making comparisons is frequent and you may see it everyday in real life from anyone you interact with.

Students in schools have to make comparisons frequently in class for any number of topics.
A friend may ask you to compare two movies that you have seen to decide which one he should watch.
A colleague may want a comparison between two vacation spots you have visited, so he can decide where to vacation.
A family member may want to know what you think is the best restaurant of two.

In making comparisons, the comparative and/or superlative form of an adjective is used. With comparatives, you are indicating the difference between two things. With superlatives, you are indicating a higher or lower quality of a thing.

Forming Comparatives
 
To form the comparative of an adjective, add er to the end of the word if it is one or two syllables. For three or more syllable words put more (or less) before the adjective. If the adjective ends in y, change the y to i and add ier.
BigBiggerSmallSmaller
HeavyHeavierBusyBusier
Beautiful
 
More beautifulCommonMore common
Forming Superlatives
 
To form the superlative of an adjective, add est to the end of the word if it is one or two syllables. For three or more syllable words put most (or least) before the adjective.
WiseThe wisestFastThe fastest
QuietThe quietestSimpleThe simplest
AnxiousThe most anxiousDiligentThe most diligent

Practice Activities

Find a partner and practice making comparisons in English about the following things.

Compare two teachers
Compare two supermarkets
Compare two cars
Compare two Restaurants

Ask each other the following questions, using the superlative.

What is the worst food you have eaten?
What is your fondest memory?

Other Links for Comparisons
XX Rules for Comparisons
XX Comparative Adjectives
XX Superlatives

To find other conversation activities and dialogues for
making comparisons take a look at:

Conversation Made Easy     OR     Talk, Talk, Talk

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