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Know Your Adjectives: Comparatives and Superlatives

In this worksheet, students revise and practise different ways of forming comparative and superlative adjectives.

'Know Your Adjectives: Comparatives and Superlatives' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   Grammar and Vocabulary

Curriculum subtopic:   Extend and Apply Grammatical Knowledge

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Worksheet Overview

We use the comparative  form of an adjectives when we are comparing two things and the superlative form when we are comparing three or more things.

Freddie is big, but Fritz is bigger (comparative) and Fido is the biggest (superlative).


We often form comparative and superlative adjectives by adding er and est.

thin     thinner     thinnest   (double the consonant after a short vowel)

heavy     heavier     heaviest   (change y to ier / iest)


However, if an adjective has three syllables or more, then we use the words 'more' and 'most' instead.

intelligent     more intelligent     most intelligent


Adjectives with two syllables are more difficult because they can follow either rule.

Most adjectives ending in -y, -le and -ow add 'er' and 'est'.

noisy    noisier   noisiest

gentle   gentler   gentlest

narrow   narrower   narrowest


Most other two-syllable adjectives add 'more' and 'most'.

careful   more careful   most careful

anxious   more anxious   most anxious


Some adjectives don't follow the rules at all!

good   better   best

bad   worse   worst

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