MAKING COMPARISONS


1. This week we study comparative and superlative forms of adjectives.

To revise comparative and superlative adjectives look at this table. Complete the forms (Be careful with the spelling) Then decide which description below corresponds to each category:

COMPARATIVES AND SUPERLATIVES
ADJECTIVE....................................................................... COMPARATIVE........SUPERLATIVE
1. BIG ( SINGLE VOWEL + SINGLE CONS. Double final consonant)
COOL
BIG..........................
COOL ......................
BIG........................
COOL.....................
2. FRIENDLY
FRIENDL..............
FRIENDL ...............
3. CROWDED
CROWDED.........
CROWDED ...........
4. POPULAR
POPULAR ..............
POPULAR ...................
5. FAR



a) This is an irregular adjective
b) This is an adjective with two strong syllables
c) This is an adjective with two syllables, but the second “y” sound is weak
d) This is an adjective with one strong syllable
e) This is an adjective with more than two syllables

2. Two common errors.

Why do you think Italian speakers make these errors?

The more interesting book I have read this year is my English book!!

This should be: "The most interesting.. "

Verona is more big than Montebello.

This should be: "Bigger than.. "

(These are L1 interference errors. This happens when you have studied the rule but it has not yet become mechanical in your mind to apply it. It is a question of practice.)

3. Practice tests

Here are some tests to practise these forms and other forms too:



DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN BIG DIFFERENCES AND SMALL DIFFERENCES

We look at ways of distinguishing between small differences and big differences when making comparisons. Look at this document to see some activities: