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

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.



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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LuCF10 3 November, 2019 - 19:10

I think pizza is much better than the fish and chips because I personally don't like sea food. My favorite place to eat pizza is Domino's in addition to the complements they sell there are delicious like papotas and canelazos

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Morrogomes123 3 November, 2019 - 18:53

I can eat fish and chips, but I really don't love it or enjoy it if I eat pizza is another thing I love to eat any pizza from anywhere they sell them, but my favorite and i consider the best pizza ever is in a place of puerto escondido is pizza with a style italinann

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JULIO_GUZMAN 2 November, 2019 - 18:03

It is hard to choose but I think that pizza is my favorite, the tastiest pizza that I have eaten in Mexico City is on "Pizza del perro negro".

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AngelMiranda 2 November, 2019 - 03:00

I like the pizza. It is tastier than fish. I also like chips, but not as much as pizza. However, I know that the healthiest of the three is fish.

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empty 24 April, 2019 - 09:42

I've never eaten fish and chips before so I don't know how does it taste like.But in my opinion,pizza(especially the cheese) is yummy.can u explain me what actually fish and chips is? thanks a dozen times!!!!!!

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JoModerator 25 April, 2019 - 13:43

Hi empty,

Fish and chips is a very popular meal in the UK. The fish is fried in batter (a sort of crispy coating) and it's seved with chips (fried potatoes).

If you'd like to find out more about fish and chips, have a look at this blog post!

I hope that helps.


Best wishes,

Jo (LearnEnglish Teens team)

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FastAmulet1001 11 April, 2019 - 12:23

I prefer pizza because is very good. In my town the best pizza is in restaurant Italiana.

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CoolCrystal90 11 April, 2019 - 12:23

I think that pizza is better than fish and chips because pizza so very good. in my town the best pizza is in restaurant Italiana.

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September 23 August, 2018 - 00:38

I usually prefer pizza over fish and chips but there is a place in Beechworth that sell the most tasty fish and chips ever! There is also a shop called Don Giovanni’s in Wangaratta that sells really nice Pizza.

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