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.
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.
|Beautiful||More beautiful||Common||More common|
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.
|Wise||The wisest||Fast||The fastest|
|Quiet||The quietest||Simple||The simplest|
|Anxious||The most anxious||Diligent||The most diligent|
Wife: Which house should we buy, the one on Elm Street or the one on Oak Avenue?
Husband: That’s a tough question. The house on Elm is closer to work and the kid’s school.
Wife: True, but the house on Oak has a larger kitchen and laundry room.
Husband: Yes, but the house on Elm is newer and is in a nicer neighborhood.
Wife: Maybe, but the bedrooms on Oak are roomier and have hard wood floors.
Husband: OK, but the house on Elm has a bigger garage.
Wife: The house on Oak is 20 grand cheaper.
Wife: Good point. The house on Oak it is.
Find a partner and compare the items listed below.
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?
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