Comparative Adjectives

By | January 13, 2014
Two pieces of lasagne on a plate

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.   

  1. As we can see from the chart, lasagna is a _______ dish than pizza.  (popular)
  2. Increase in enrollment at Bradley College was _______ in the last five years. (notable)
  3. The number of people buying homes in the suburbs was _______ in 1995 than in 1995. (low)
  4. On average, men work for _______ hours outside of the home than women and teenagers. (long)

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