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Comparative Adjectives with Jeremy

Last week, both the Elementary and Pre-Intermediate classes studied comparative adjectives.
So, what are comparative adjectives?
They are adjectives that we use to compare things!

So, for example, “George is funnier than Shane.”
Or, “George’s jokes are better than Aili’s jokes.”
A comparative adjective is very easy to make and use, and they are a very useful part of everyday English!

To make a comparative adjective, we need to look at how many syllables the adjective has.
If the adjective only has one syllable, we can just add “-er” on the end.
So, “small → smaller”, “nice → nicer”, or “strong → stronger”

If the adjective ends in a “y”, we change the “y” to an “i“ before adding the “-er”
“funny → funnier”
“tasty → tastier”

There are also some special small adjectives where we add a consonant letter.
For example, “big → bigger”, ”hot → hotter”, or “sad → sadder”

For adjectives with two or more syllables, we put “more” in front of the adjective.
“Shane is more handsome than George.”
“Jeremy’s hair is more beautiful than Ben’s hair.”

Finally, there are some irregular comparatives, which are all unique. Here are a few of them!
good → better
bad → worse
far → farther

The students all had a lot of fun learning about and using comparatives! Elementary students looked at things all around the school to compare their differences, and Pre-Intermediate students compared EACH OTHER to see who was taller, whose shoes were newer, or whose hair was longer!

Now that you know how to use comparatives, try using them! In your family, who is taller, you or your brother? Which is nicer, your blue dress or your black dress?
Comparatives are a more interesting way to describe things in your life, so make your English better and start using them!