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1) Read the information about these girls and complete the activities below.

Name: I’m Liz Taylor. Name: I’m Carla Green. Name: I’m Rachel Scott.
Age: I’m 22. Age: I’m 21. Age: I’m 24.
Height: I’m 1m73 tall. Height: I’m 1m68 tall. Height: I’m 1m69 tall.
Liz is a journalist and works for Carla is a student at university. Rachel is a police officer in
Cosmopolitan magazine. She is She studies Art. Her grades aren’t London. She was not a good
very intelligent, active and very good because she’s a bit student at school. She is clever
ambitious. She doesn’t like sport. lazy, but she is quite talented for and brave. She is fit and strong.
She is a hard worker and she painting and sculpture. She has a She follows a healthy diet and she
spends many hours at work. She part-time job as a waitress in a never eats junk food. Her salary is
has a good salary. nightclub. She loves fast food. not very good.

A. Activity one. Complete the sentences with a suitable B. Activity two. Complete the sentences with a suitable
adjective in the COMPARATIVE. adjective in the SUPERLATIVE.
1. Rachel is taller (tall) than Carla. 1. Rachel’s hair is the longest (long).
2. Carla is lazier (lazy) than Liz. 2. Carla is the youngest (young).
3. Rachel is healthier (healthy) than Carla. 3. Rachel is the oldest (old).
4. Liz is more intelligent (intelligent) than Rachel. 4. Liz is the most intelligent (intelligent).
5. Liz has a better (good) salary than Liz. 5. Rachel is the healthiest (healthy).
6. Liz works harder (hard) than Carla. 6. Liz is the most hard-working (hard-working).
7. Rachel’s job is more dangerous (dangerous) than 7. Liz is the tallest (tall).
Carla’s. 8. Rachel is the most clever/the cleverest (clever).
8. Rachel is braver (brave) than Carla. 9. Carla is the most talented (talented).
9. Rachel’s grades at school were worse (bad) than 10. Rachel’s job is the most dangerous (dangerous).
Carla’s. 11. Carla is the laziest (lazy) of the three girls.
10. Liz is younger (young) than Rachel. 12. Carla’s salary is the worst (bad).
11. Rachel is older (old) than Carla. 13. Liz earns the best (good) salary.
12. Rachel is shorter (short) than Liz. 14. Rachel is the sportiest (sporty).
13. Liz is more ambitious (ambitious) than Carla. 15. Liz is the most studious (studious).
14. Liz’s hair is shorter (short) than Carla’s. 16. Rachel is the strongest (strong).
15. Rachel’s hair is longer (long) than Liz’s. 17. Liz’s hair’s the shortest (short).
16. Carla is more talented (talented) for painting than 18. Carla’s job is the funniest (funny).
Rachel. 19. Liz’s eyes are the smallest (small).
17. Liz is richer (rich) than Carla. 20. Carla is the most fashionable (fashionable).
18. Carla’s eyes are bigger (big) than Rachel’s.

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2) Forming comparatives and superlatives.
big
Look at this extract from the Oxford Wordpower Dictionary. It shows that a adj , bigger, biggest

short adjective with a consonant + a vowel + a consonant doubles in the 1 of great or considerable size, height,
weight, number, power, or capacity
comparative and superlative forms. Look at your dictionary. Does it give the 2 having great significance; important
a big decision
same information? Write the comparative and superlative forms of these
adjectives.

Happy Happier Happiest

Beautiful more beautiful the most beautiful

New newer the newest

Lovely lovelier the loveliest

Hot hotter the hottest

Good better the best

Handsome more handsome the most handsome

Mean meaner the meanest

Generous more generous the most generous

Thin thinner the thinnest

Busy busier the busiest

Patient more patient the most patient

Young younger the youngest

Bad worse the worst

Comfortable more comfortable the most comfortable

Rude ruder the rudest

Fit fitter the fittest

Large larger the largest

3) As…as / not as… as


A. Rewrite the sentences with as… as or not as… as.
1) Bob’s taller than Jack.
Jack’s not as tall as Bob.
2) Bob got more presents than Jack.
Jack didn’t get as many presents as Bob.
3) Jill’s more intelligent than Bill.
Bill is not as intelligent as Jill.
4) The sun’s hotter than the moon.
The moon isn’t as hot as the sun.

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5) Are you and your husband the same age?
Are you as old as your husband?
6) You can read more quickly than I can.
I can’t read as quickly as you can.
7) Harry won more money than Bill.
Bill didn’t win as much money as Harry.
8) ‘Is Switzerland bigger than Luxembourg?’ ‘Yes, it is’.
‘Is Luxembourg as big as Switzerland?’ ‘No, it isn’t’.
9) Eva’s work is better than mine.
My work isn’t as good as Eva’s.
10) Dogs are friendlier than cats.
Cats aren’t as friendly as dogs.

B. Making sentences about you.

Write six sentences about you and your family (2 comparatives, 2 superlatives, 2 with as…as.)

I’m more hard-working than my sister. My grandfather is the oldest. I’m not as patient as my mother.

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4) Write sentences about Liz and Ben. Use “than”.

8) I’m 24.
9) I’m a very good swimmer.
10) I’m 1 meter 66 tall.
11) I start work at 8.30 am.
1) I’m 26.
12) I work very hard.
2) I’m not a very good swimmer.
13) I’ve got lots of money.
3) I’m 1 meter 68 tall.
14) I’m not a very good driver.
4) I start work at 8 o’clock.
15) I’m very friendly.
5) I don’t work very hard.
16) I’m a very good dancer.
6) I haven’t got much money.
17) I’m not very intelligent.
7) I’m a very good driver.
18) I don’t speak French very well.
8) I’m not very friendly.
19) I go to the cinema a lot.
9) I’m not a very good dancer.
10) I’m very intelligent.
11) I speak French very well.
1) Liz is older than Ben. 12) I don’t go to the cinema very much.

2) Ben is a better swimmer than Liz.


3) Liz is taller than Ben.
4) Liz starts work earlier than Ben.

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5) Ben works harder than Liz.
6) Ben has got more money than Liz.
7) Liz is a better driver than Ben.
8) Ben is friendlier than Liz.
9) Ben is a better dancer than Liz./ Ben dances better than Liz.
10) Liz is more intelligent than Ben.
11) Liz speaks French better than Ben.
12) Ben goes to the cinema more often than Liz.

5) Look at the pictures and write sentences about A, B and C.

E.g. A is bigger than C but not as big as B.

6) Put in “as” or “than”.

1) Athens is older than Rome.


2) I don’t watch TV as much as you.
3) You eat more than me.
4) I feel better than I felt yesterday.
5) Jim isn’t as clever as he thinks.
6) Belgium is smaller than Switzerland.
7) Brazil isn’t as big as Canada.
8) I can’t wait longer than an hour.

7) A. Complete the sentences. Use than.

1) He isn’t very tall. You’re taller than him (or… than he is).
2) She isn’t very old. You’re older than her/than she is.
3) I don’t work very hard. You work harder than me/than I do.
4) He doesn’t watch TV very much. You watch TV more than him/than he does.
5) I’m not a very good cook. You’re a better cook than me/than I am.
6) We don’t know many people. You know more people than us/than we do.
7) They haven’t got much money. You’ve got more money than them/than they have.

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8) I can’t run very fast. You can run faster than me/than I can.
9) She hasn’t been here very long. You’ve been here longer than her/than she has.
10) They didn’t get up very early. You got up earlier than them/than they did.
11) He wasn’t very surprised. You were more surprised than him/than he was.

B. Complete the sentences with ‘a bit’ or ‘much’ + a comparative (older / better, etc.).

1) Jill is 25. Gary is 24 ½.


Jill is a bit older than Gary.
2) Jack’s mother is 54. His father is 69.
Jack’s mother is much younger than his father.
3) My camera cost £100. Yours cost £96.
My camera cost a bit more than yours./was a bit more expensive than yours.
4) Yesterday I felt terrible. Today I feel OK.
I feel much better today than yesterday.
5) Today the temperature is 12 degrees. Yesterday it was ten degrees.
It’s a bit warmer today than yesterday.
6) Ann is an excellent tennis player. I’m not very good.
Ann is a much better tennis player than me/than I am.
much better at tennis than me/I am.
8) Fill in!

1) You’ve got a bigger car than me. -> Your car is bigger than mine.
2) I’ve got a bigger car than you. -> My car is bigger than yours.
3) I’ve got a bigger car than him. -> My car is bigger than his.
4) I’ve got a bigger car than her. -> My car is bigger than hers.
5) They’ve got a bigger car than us. -> Their car is bigger than ours.
6) We’ve got a bigger car than them. -> Our car is bigger than theirs.
9) How old am I? – Read the text and answer the questions below.

1) How old am I ?
16
2) Who is the youngest in the
family?
Robert.
3) How old is Robert?
He’s 12.
4) Is Jill older than me?
No, she isn’t. She’s 14.
5) Am I the oldest in the family?
No, you aren’t.
6) Who are the twins?
5
Abigail & Graham
10) Opposite adjectives – Complete the sentences with an opposite adj. in its comparative or superlative form.

1) Robert is the oldest in the family.


No he isn’t. He is the youngest.
2) Bob is more polite than his brother.
No, he isn’t. He is ruder.
3) I’m the tallest in the class!
No, you aren’t. You are the smallest/shortest.
4) My homework was worse than yours.
No, it wasn’t. It was better.
5) The weather today is colder than yesterday.
No, it isn’t. It’s warmer/hotter.
6) She bought the cheapest watch in the shop.
No, she didn’t. She bought the most expensive.
7) Jack’s meaner (mean= méchant) than Alan.
No, he isn’t. He is more generous.
8) Janet arrived later than John.
No, she didn’t. She arrived earlier.
9) This is the easiest exercise in this book.
No, it isn’t. It’s the most difficult.

11) What do these people wish?

I wish I
I wish I was
was older. stronger.

I wish I
I wish I woke up
was taller. earlier.

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12) Write sentences about the following items using a superlative!

E.g. The giraffe can be over 6 metres tall.


It is the tallest animal in the world.

1) Shigechiyo Izumi from Japan was 117 years old when he died.
He was the oldest man in the world.
2) Swami Pandarasannadhi from India had hair 7.93 metres long.
He had the longest hair in the world.
3) The Blue Whale weighs up to 190 tonnes.
It is the heaviest animal/mammal in the world.
4) In the eastern Sahara the sun shines for 97% of the day.
It is the sunniest desert/area in the world.
5) Mount Everest is 8,848 metres high.
It is the highest mountain in the world.
6) The cheetah can run at over 100 kph.
It is the fastest animal in the world.
7) In Dallol, Ethiopia, the average temperature is 34.4°C.
It is the warmest/hottest country in the world.

13) Translation of “de plus en plus”.

E.g. It’s becoming harder and harder to find a job.


It’s becoming more and more difficult to find a job.
Your English is improving. It’s becoming better and better.
More and more people are learning English these days.

1) That hole in your pullover is becoming bigger and bigger (big).


2) My bags seemed to get heavier and heavier (heavy) as I carried them.
3) As I waited for my interview, I became more and more nervous (nervous).
4) As the day went on, the weather got worse and worse (bad).
5) Since she has been in Britain, her English has got better and better (good).
6) As the conversation went on, he became more and more talkative (talkative).

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14) Translation of “Plus …, plus …”.

E.g.‘ What time shall we leave?’ – ‘The sooner we leave, the sooner we will arrive.’
‘The sooner the better’
When you’re travelling, the less luggage you have to carry the better.
‘What sort of box do you want? A big one?’ – ‘Yes, the bigger the better.’

1) I like warm weather. The warmer the weather, the better I feel (feel).
2) The younger you are, the easier it is to learn English (easy/learn English).
3) The more expensive the hotel, the better the service (good).
4) The more I see you, the more I love you.
5) The less I work, the better my results are.
6) It’s hard to concentrate when you’re tired.
The more tired you are, the harder it is to concentrate (hard).
7) She had to wait a very long time.
The longer she waited, the more impatient she became (impatient/become).
8) I don’t like my teachers. The less I see them (see), the better I feel.
9) People always want more money. The more they have, the more they want (want).

« The Bigger the Better » is a popular

American expression and perhaps explains some

of the records broken by Americans.

This car is the longest in the world but difficult to park!

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