Understanding Comparative Adjectives

esl curriculumComparatives are very important for expressing distances, sizes, speed, prices, feelings and quality. Fortunately the comparatives fall into fairly regular patterns in the English language.

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Comparative Adjectives

Students with a chart similar to the one shown on the right will clarify their understanding. This chart demonstrates comparatives with a regular pattern plus the spelling and the degree of the comparison from the least to the greatest. It can become convenient reference material for the students.

There are several ways of successfully introducing comparative adjectives.

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Comparative Distances

A specific group such as distance comparatives might be introduced first. This grouping allows everyone to get involved as they compare how far they live from the school or from some popular meeting place in town.

Another way is to present the chart first with a general introduction and then move into specific groups. The irregular ones are frequently used, especially “some, more, the most”. These will be needed no matter where you begin.

Print the chart on the right and try this activity with your students. 

Divide into small groups.

Ask each other the questions.  Check your answers.

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1.    Does Mary live farther from the English School than Bill?

2.    Who lives the farthest from the English School?

3.    Who lives the closest to the English School?

4.    Who lives the same distance from the English School as Jean?

5.    Does Joe live as far from the English School as Ann?

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    Daisy and George Stocker
    Successful ESL Ltd.
    Learning English With Laughter Ltd.

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