Intermediate grammar exercise: comparatives and superlatives

English grammar practice exercise, for pre-intermediate and intermediate level.

In this exercise you will practise comparative and superlative adjectives, including their spelling and irregularities.

Instructions: Choose the correct answer in the following sentences.


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Comparative and superlative adjectives: basic rules
Type of adjective Adjective Comparative Superlative
Short adjectives (one-syllable adjectives) old
long
older
longer
the oldest
the longest
Adjectives ending with one vowel and one consonant big
hot
bigger
hotter
the biggest
the hottest
Two-syllable adjectives ending in -y ugly
noisy
messy
uglier
noisier
messier
the ugliest
the noisiest
the messiest
Longer adjectives (adjectives with two or more syllables)  careful
expensive
beautiful
more careful
more expensive
more beautiful
the most careful
the most expensive
the most beautiful
With some two-syllable adjectives both -er/-est endings and more/most are possible. polite
common
more polite/politer
more common/commoner
the most polite/the politest
the most common/the commonest
With some two-syllable adjectives only an -er/-est ending is possible. narrow
simple
clever
narrower
simpler
cleverer
the narrowest
the simplest
the cleverest

Notable exceptions
good better the best
bad worse the worst
far further / farther the furthest / the farthest