Sophie is working in Rome this week. Oliver, Alfie and Daisy have decided to eat out tonight.

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When we want to compare two or more things, we can change the form of adjectives by adding –er or –est. We can also use extra words like more or most and expressions like not as … as.

Here are some examples:

I think you're taller than me. (tall)
She's the tallest in the group. (tall)
The pizzas in La Bella Napoli are better than the ones in Pietro's. (good)
It was the best pizza I've ever had! (good)
People say Bioshock is a more exciting game than Skyrim. (exciting)
Grand Theft Auto is the most exciting video game. (exciting)

Mmm, I don't quite see what the rule is here.

With most one-syllable adjectives, we add –er or est, and with most adjectives with two syllables or more, we add more or (the) most. In comparatives, we also use than before the second thing which is compared, if it is mentioned.

La Bella Napoli is nearer than Pietro's. (near)
It's not the cheapest restaurant though. (cheap)

With one-syllable adjectives ending in vowel + consonant, remember to double the final consonant before –er/est.

big bigger biggest

If the adjective ends in –e, just add –r or st.

large larger largest

So what are the exceptions, apart from good better best?

Other exceptions are bad worse worst and far further/farther furthest/farthest.

      They use the worst cheese.

What about adjectives ending in –y, like crazy? My brother is crazier than me.

Yes, that's correct. With adjectives ending in y, you change the y to i and add er/ est.

lucky luckier luckiest             happy happier happiest

They've got the friendliest waiters!

With most adjectives with typical adjective endings, and with two or more syllables, you use more/most + adjective.

They do the most disgusting pasta I've ever tasted.

What other ways of comparing things are there?

We often use not as … as.

I'm not as tall as you. (= I'm smaller than you)
Maybe the pizza at La Bella Napoli isn't as good as I remember. 

And what about less and least?

Yes, less and least are also ways of comparing things. They are used more in writing.

It is less cold in the north of the country than in the south. (the north is warmer, but both north and south are cold)
Of the four participants, Bill is the least experienced. (the other three have more experience)

OK, this isn't as hard as I thought. I think I've got it, more or less.

 

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Discussion

Which meal do you think is tastier, fish and chips or pizza? Where do you get the best pizza where you live?

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horse2002 31 December, 2013 - 12:12

Pizza is better than fish and chips. The best pizza I've ever had was in "O sole Napule" in my town :) :)

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AnaB 9 November, 2013 - 15:08

I thing pizaa is more tastier than fish and chips. The best pizaa I have ever eaten is in "Sicila" in Podgorica.

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Bosnianchild 12 August, 2013 - 12:47

I ate pizza almost every day in pizzeria ''Little Big'',but when my dad worked and made pizza here.Now my dad dosen't make pizza and I don't eat,but I still prefer pizza.

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claire 12 August, 2013 - 07:23

i really love pizza.in my country,there are many kinds of pizza,such as double cheese,chicken.i don't like pizza hut,in it,pizza on discount is not good.
best wishes

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Ghazal 11 August, 2013 - 17:34

Hi everyone
I found BC very useful. Thanks for everything
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JoEditor 11 August, 2013 - 20:55

Hi Ghazal,
We're happy to hear you find the site useful. The Grammar snacks videos aren't Flash - they're normal videos so they should play fine on your computer. Can you watch other videos from our website on your computer? Is it just the Grammar snack videos you have problems with? Tell us a bit more and we will try to help you.
Best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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Ghazal 14 August, 2013 - 08:15

Hi, thanks for your prompt consideration.
I have problems playing all the grammar snacks videos!
Beas,
Ghazal

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Jonathan - Coor... 14 August, 2013 - 09:08

Hi Ghazal. Thanks for replying. What happens when you click on the video? Does it start playing? Here are a couple of suggestions. You could try using a different browser such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari. If that doesn't work, try watching the video on a different computer. I hope we can help you to solve this problem!
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Ghazal 16 August, 2013 - 15:51

Hi Jonathan. Thanks for your help.
When I hit the "play" button, it starts buffering and finally nothing happens.
I tried Internet Explorer, Google Chrome. Let me try other browsers.
I'll inform you if it works.

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Jonathan - Coor... 19 August, 2013 - 12:11

Let us know how you get on. I hope you can see these videos ... eventually !
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nadoucha 15 July, 2013 - 16:04

Hi everybody , I think pizza is more delicious than fish and chips and the best pizza I have ever eaten in my country is PARADISO pizza , after all we shouldn'teat it very mush because it's an unhealthy food

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nesbmgy 8 July, 2013 - 13:14

the best pızza ı ve ever had , ı was ın the amstardam and ıt was really slım

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uninvited 29 April, 2013 - 10:04

I think, pizza is the best.There aren't any restaurants which makes pizza in here.Usually, I'm cooking it myself.I have eaten the most delicious pizza in İzmir, Turkey.

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Natalija 9 April, 2013 - 17:19

I prefer fish, it's both healthier and tastier. I eat pizza sometimes, but solely when I'm in rush or at my friend's place. She likes pizza a lot, and the best place for pizza is pizzeria Vanelli in my city. Everything is so delicious there;).

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p and m 9 April, 2013 - 08:40

Hello, we are p and m. We love Italian food, because we love food like pizza, macarroni... But our favourite food is pizza. The best pizza of the world is the one that is made with bacon.
We are from Catalunya and we are very proud of that. We think is the best country in the world. ll*ll

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Taioor 22 August, 2014 - 11:51

I have lived in Barcelona for an year. It is a very beautiful and a peaceful city. And of course the people are very much friendly and helpful.

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