comparative and superlative adjectives

 

We use comparative adjectives to describe people and things:

This car is certainly better but it’s much more expensive.
I’m feeling happier now.
We need a bigger garden

We use than when we want to compare one thing with another:

She is two years older than me.
New York is much bigger than Boston.
He is a better player than Ronaldo.
France is a bigger country than Britain.

When we want to describe how something or someone changes we can use two comparatives with and:

The balloon got bigger and bigger.
Everything is getting more and more expensive.
Grandfather is looking older and older

We often use the with comparative adjectives to show that one thing depends on another:

When you drive faster it is more dangerous
> The faster you drive, the more dangerous it is.
When they climbed higher it got colder
> The higher they climbed, the colder it got.

Superlative adjectives:

We use the with a superlative:

It was the happiest day of my life.
Everest is the highest mountain in the world.
That’s the best film I have seen this year.
I have three sisters, Jan is the oldest and Angela is the youngest

Activities
 

 
Type the correct comparative adjectives into the gaps
Complete the sentences with comparative forms
Type the correct superlative adjectives into the gaps

 

Comments

Hello the LearnEnglish Team,

I have got two questions related to this topic.

First, could you, please, explain me the meaning of the first sentence in the first exercise. "As you get older policemen seems to be younger". Niether I understand the meaning of the word GOT, nor the SEEMS in this context.

Second, what is the function of "AS" in the same exercise. Could we say: "The plane flew higher the houses bellow got smaller" in order to have the same meaning as the original one that you written.

Thanks in advance!

Hello swxswx,

As you can see in the entry for it in our dictionary, 'get' has loads of meanings. One of them, 'to become', is the one used here. 'seem' is also in the dictionary, and has to do with how something appears to us. The idea here is that we think the world is changing, but we also are changing - it's also a matter of perception.

The meaning of 'as' used here is the one described under 'while' in the dictionary. Your alternative sentence is not grammatical. If you inserted 'and' between 'higher' and 'the houses', it could be, but the version in the exercise is clearer.

Best regards,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

hello,
in the first activity what is the function of GOT ? For example: as more people arrived the crowd GOT bigger. Thank you

Hello VR94,

If you look up 'get' in our dictionary, in the fifth entry (start to be), you'll find the meaning used here, along with other examples.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi everyone!Is it more correct to say/write : Maths is my least favourite subject or Maths is my worst subject?If they're both correct,what's the difference between them?

Hello llariuccia,

Both are correct, but mean different things: 'least favourite' expresses a preference, whereas 'worst' speaks of ability.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi guys, how are you?
May I know one correct answer from the fisrt excercise: "if i practice regularly i get...
Thanks

Hi Diegocol710,

To see the correct answers to any task on LearnEnglish just click the 'Finish' button.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Why is a single-syllable adjective form used with "the most"?

God is the Most High, the Most Great. / the Most Pure / the Most Stronge.

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