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Comparative adjectives

Use -er for one-syllable words


For one-syllable words we add -er to the adjective to make it a comparative.

Small becomes smaller


Cheap becomes cheaper
Quick becomes quicker

If the adjective ends in a (CVC), double the final consonant then add er:

Big becomes bigger


Hot becomes hoter
Wet becomes weter
Use more / less for two+ syllable words

Beautiful becomes more beautiful


Sensitive becomes more sensitive
Dangerous becomes more dangerous
Use -ier for adjectives ending with y

For most adjectives that end with a y we change the y to ier:

Dirty becomes dirtier


Smelly becomes smellier
Ugly becomes uglier
Some adjectives take both forms
Some two-syllable adjectives can take either -er or more:

Simple becomes simpler or more simple


Narrow becomes narrower or more narrow
Quiet becomes quieter or more quiet
Irregular forms

good becomes better


bad becomes worse
far becomes farther
Write the appropriate comparative and superlative form of these adjectives:

1. shady 1. nasty 1. light 1. Nice


2. stupid 2. hot 2. clever 2. cold
3. rainy 3. dirty 3. sunny 3. clean
4. soft 4. Old 4. hard 4. young
5. fat 5. slow 5. thin 5. fast
6. Bad 6. small 6. good 6. large
7. rich 7. full 7. poor 7. hungry
8. long 8. wide 8. short 8. narrow
9. early 9. green 9. late 9. red
10. sad 10. far 10. happy 10. near
object 1 + is/are comparative adjective than object 2

My neighbor’s dog is older than my dog


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