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Lesson 13 - The City

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Comparatives are words used to compare two people or two things.

Chicago is smaller than New York.


We usually form the comparative by adding -er to the end of the adjective.

small - smaller


If an adjective already ends in an e we just add an r to form the comparative.

large - larger

y -> ier

If a word ends in a consonant and then a y, we change the y to an i and then add -er.

easy - easier

Double Consonant

If a word ends in a consonant, vowel, and then consonant and the stress is on the last syllable, we double the last consonant before adding -er.

big - bigger

"More" with Long Words

If a word is two syllables or longer (a long word) and doesn't end in a y, add the word more.

expensive - more expensive

Irregular Comparatives

good - better
bad - worse
far - farther


Change the words to comparatives.


1. wet

2. cold

3. nice

4. clean

5. heavy

6. hot

7. wide

8. rich

9. good

10. long

11. economical

12. ugly

13. thin

14. dry

15. bad

16. modern

17. lazy

18. cheap

19. beautiful

20. far


Write comparative sentences with the words given.


1. Movies/interesting/TV shows

2. Tea/cheap/champagne

3. This book/important/that book

4. Sharon/beautiful/Raquel

5. Your house/old/my house

6. Karen/young/Alice

7. Harry/funny/Paul

8. Children/energetic/adults


Find the Mistake

Find the errors in the sentences.  Write the sentences correctly.

She are a student. --> She is a student. 

1. Sam is more short than Fred.

2. This picture is uglyer than that picture.

3. My car is expensiver than yours.

4. The movie is very exciteing.

5. This table is more bigger than that table.


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