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.

Exercise instructions

Choose the correct answer in the following sentences.

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Comparative, superlative adjectives: rules
Adjective type Adjective Comparative Superlative
Short adjectives (one syllable) old, long older, longer the oldest, the longest
Adjectives ending in one vowel + 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 (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 and -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 or -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

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