Comparative adjectives describe the difference between two things.
- For adjectives with one syllable, use adjective + er. The word “than” often follows comparative adjectives. (high –> higher, low –> lower)
- If an adjective ends in one vowel and one consonant, double the consonant. (as in big –> bigger).
- If the adjective ends in –e, just add –r. (large –> larger)
- For most adjectives with two or more syllables, use more +adjective. (sudden –> more sudden, gradual –> more gradual)
- For two-syllable adjectives that end in –y, change the –y to I and add-er. (steady –> steadier)
Complete each sentence below with the correct comparative form.
- As we can see from the chart, lasagna is a _______ dish than pizza. (popular)
- Increase in enrollment at Bradley College was _______ in the last five years. (notable)
- The number of people buying homes in the suburbs was _______ in 1995 than in 1995. (low)
- On average, men work for _______ hours outside of the home than women and teenagers. (long)