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Comparative Adjectives
(I'm Faster Than You!)

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Mac and Rory are very competitive!

We use comparative adjectives to compare people or things.

 

To make a comparative of a one syllable adjective, add er.

 

  • fast…faster

  • old...older

  • young...younger

  • nice...nicer

You? I’m faster. I’m a dog! Come on! I’ll race you!

You know, Mac, I’m really fast at running.

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I won!

Sometimes, one syllable comparatives have the last letter doubled before er.

 

  • big...bigger

  • fat...fatter

  • hot...hotter

If a one syllable word ends in y, this changes to an i.

  • early...earlier

  • easy...easier

  • happy...happier

Ah that’s just because you’re bigger!

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Ok, you’re faster but I’m more 

intelligent.

For words with two or three syllables we use more.

 

  • intelligent...more intelligent

  • expensive...more expensive

  • beautiful...more beautiful

Yeah right! How are you more 

intelligent?

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Big deal! I’m more interesting!

I read more than you do.

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More interesting? Says who?

Me!

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You know what we're both good at? Football!

Well, I’m better than you at football. Come on, let’s play!

Some comparisons are completely different.

  • good...better

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You're so bad at keepie
uppies!

You're worse!

And here's another example...

  • bad...worse

syllable: a word can be made up of one or more syllables

  • ball...one syllable

  • water...two syllables

  • bicycle...three syllables

  • to be competitive: to like to win

  • to defend: to protect (in football to stop the other team scoring a goal)

  • keepie uppies: bouncing a football off your foot, knee, or head

Glossary

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