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.

 

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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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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SARAH K 7 February, 2013 - 17:16

I love pizza and chips. They're my favourite food. I know they are not healthy, I can do nothing to give up from them

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SARAH K 4 June, 2013 - 13:50

Fish IS THE BEST FOOD ever. It is healthy, tasty and you can cook it in many ways. I my town I buy pizzas in a local near the castle. They are very delicious.

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ar.olid 10 January, 2013 - 09:08

i like fish and chips more than pizza....., it is tasty and its healthier than pizza ......-_- i just love it :)

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jenniferkim 17 December, 2012 - 09:55

I love pizza too...
When I'm talking about it I really want to eat pizza now.
I prefer pizza than fish and chips.

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