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Use the Comparative and Superlative Forms of Adjectives 1

In this worksheet, students practise using the comparative and superlative forms of adjectives.

'Use the Comparative and Superlative Forms of Adjectives 1' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Spelling Rules

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

An adjective is a describing word. In the following sentence, the word tall is an adjective.

Josie is tall.

If we want to compare two things, we use the comparative form of the adjective.

Josie is tall, but Jack is taller.

 

If we are comparing three or more things, we use the superlative form of the adjective.

Josie is tall, but Jack is taller and Jemima is the tallest.

 

For most words with one or two syllables the rule is to add 'er' to make the comparative form and 'est' to make the superlative form.

 

If the word has only one syllable and has a short vowel then we usually double the final consonant before adding 'er' or 'est'.

for example:

big   bigger   biggest

 

If the word ends in the letter 'y' then the 'y' must be changed to 'i' before adding 'er' or 'est'.

Write the comparative form of the adjective in the box.

 

Honey is sweet but jam is __________.

Write the comparative form of the adjective in the box.

 

A kitten is small but a mouse is __________.

Write the comparative form of the adjective in the box.

 

Janey is thin but Jamila is __________.

Write the comparative form of the adjective in the box.

 

The first clown was funny but the second clown was __________.

This time, write the superlative form of the adjective in the box.

 

Lisa is happy when she is on holiday, but she is happier on her birthday and __________ of all on Christmas Day.

Write the superlative form of the adjective in the box.

 

Vanilla ice cream is tasty, strawberry ice cream is tastier, but chocolate ice cream is the __________ of all.

For the next four questions you need to decide whether you need the comparative or the superlative form of the adjective to complete the sentence.

 

Pete's car was new but Phil's car was __________.

comparative

superlative

Decide whether you need the comparative or the superlative form of the adjective to complete the sentence.

 

All four children were polite, but Timothy was the __________ of them all.

comparative

superlative

Decide whether you need the comparative or the superlative form of the adjective to complete the sentence.

 

They were always a healthy family, but Jade was by far the __________ of them all.

comparative

superlative

Decide whether you need the comparative or the superlative form of the adjective to complete the sentence.

 

John and Patrick both had new bicycles. John's was shiny but Patrick's was __________.

comparative

superlative

  • Question 1

Write the comparative form of the adjective in the box.

 

Honey is sweet but jam is __________.

CORRECT ANSWER
sweeter
EDDIE SAYS
We are adding the comparative form of 'sweet', so the missing word is 'sweeter'.
  • Question 2

Write the comparative form of the adjective in the box.

 

A kitten is small but a mouse is __________.

CORRECT ANSWER
smaller
EDDIE SAYS
Agaim, we are adding the comparative form of 'small', so we write 'smaller'.
  • Question 3

Write the comparative form of the adjective in the box.

 

Janey is thin but Jamila is __________.

CORRECT ANSWER
thinner
EDDIE SAYS
The answer is 'thinner' as Janey and Jamila are being compared.
  • Question 4

Write the comparative form of the adjective in the box.

 

The first clown was funny but the second clown was __________.

CORRECT ANSWER
funnier
EDDIE SAYS
Here, we replace the 'y' with an 'i' before we add the 'er', so the answer is 'funnier'.
  • Question 5

This time, write the superlative form of the adjective in the box.

 

Lisa is happy when she is on holiday, but she is happier on her birthday and __________ of all on Christmas Day.

CORRECT ANSWER
happiest
EDDIE SAYS
Now, we're writing the superlative form of 'happy', so we replace the 'y' with an 'i' and add 'est' to the end.
  • Question 6

Write the superlative form of the adjective in the box.

 

Vanilla ice cream is tasty, strawberry ice cream is tastier, but chocolate ice cream is the __________ of all.

CORRECT ANSWER
tastiest
EDDIE SAYS
The superlative form of 'tasty' is 'tastiest'.
  • Question 7

For the next four questions you need to decide whether you need the comparative or the superlative form of the adjective to complete the sentence.

 

Pete's car was new but Phil's car was __________.

CORRECT ANSWER
comparative
EDDIE SAYS
Only two things are being compared, so we use the comparative form of the adjective. The correct word is 'newer'.
  • Question 8

Decide whether you need the comparative or the superlative form of the adjective to complete the sentence.

 

All four children were polite, but Timothy was the __________ of them all.

CORRECT ANSWER
superlative
EDDIE SAYS
Four children are being compared, so we use the superlative form. The correct word is 'politest'.
  • Question 9

Decide whether you need the comparative or the superlative form of the adjective to complete the sentence.

 

They were always a healthy family, but Jade was by far the __________ of them all.

CORRECT ANSWER
superlative
EDDIE SAYS
There must be more than two children in the family because the sentence says 'of them all', so we need the superlative. The correct word is 'healthiest'.
  • Question 10

Decide whether you need the comparative or the superlative form of the adjective to complete the sentence.

 

John and Patrick both had new bicycles. John's was shiny but Patrick's was __________.

CORRECT ANSWER
comparative
EDDIE SAYS
Only two things are being compared here, so we need the comparative. The correct word is 'shinier'.
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