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24. Comparative and superlative patterns 1

- Practice

A The comparative and than (2)

Comment on these situations. Write sentences with a comparative and than.
Use these adjectives: big, expensive, long, old, popular, strong, tall

  • The film lasts two and a half hours, but the videotape is only two hours long.

The video is longer than the videotape.

  • The water-colour is $85, and the oil-painting is $100.

The oil-painting is more expensive than the water-colour.
1. The church was built in 1878 and the library in 1925.
2. Daniel can lift 90 kilos, but Matthew can lift 120 kilos.
3. Mike is 1.7 metres tall, but Harriet is 1.8 metres.
4. Andrew hasn't many friends. Claire has lots of friends.
5. Mark's car has room for five people, but Sarah's has room for only four.

B The superlative (3)

Write sentences from the notes. Use the superlative form of the adjective.

  • Melanie/ kind person/ I know Melanie is the kindest person I know.

1. Friday / busy day / week ____________ of the week.
2. the Metropole / nice hotel / town _____________________
3. this watch / one / cheap / you can buy ______________________
4. this Beatles album / good / they ever made ____________________
5. Alan / successful salesman / company _________________________

C As ... as (4)

Use the notes and add sentences with isn't as ... as.

  • a car / a motorbike / expensive

Why don't you buy a motorbike? A motorbike isn't as expensive as a car.
1. metal / plastic / strong
I don't like these plastic screws. __________________________________
2. the armchair / the stool / comfortable
Oh, don't sit there _____________________________________________
3. surfing / swimming / exciting
I prefer surfing to swimming _____________________________________
4. the post I e-mail I quick
A letter will take two days. ______________________________________

D Than me/than I am (5)

Choose the correct pronoun.

Tom: Why is Luke in our basketball team and not me? Aren't I as good as
he/him? Is he taller
than (1)
I/me? Is he a better player than (2) I am/me am?
Nick: I don't know. I can't understand why I’m in the team. You and Luke are both better than
(3)
I/me.
Tom: Carl’s in the team too, but I’ve scored a lot more points than (4)
he has/him has.

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