SUPERLATIVES AND COMPARATIVES

Hello to you all…this is just to review what you already know….exercises and more explanations at the end of the post….enjoy!

To make the comparative form of adjectives (like ‘bigger’ or ‘more expensive’) and the superlative form (like ‘biggest’ or ‘most expensive’), first we need to know how many syllables are in the adjective.
Adjectives with one syllable

Usually if an adjective has only one syllable, we add ‘er’ to make the comparative form. We add ‘est’ to make the superlative form.

  • clean → cleaner / cleanest
  • cold → colder / coldest
  • small → smaller / smallest
  • young → younger / youngest
  • tall → taller / tallest

There are some spelling changes. If there is one vowel followed by one consonant at the end of the adjective, we often double the consonant.

  • wet → wetter / wettest
  • big → bigger / biggest
  • hot → hotter / hottest
  • thin → thinner / thinnest

If the adjective ends in ‘y’, this often changes to ‘i’.

  • dry → drier / driest

If the adjective ends in ‘e’, we don’t add another ‘e’, just ‘r’.

  • nice → nicer / nicest
  • large → larger / largest

There are a few adjectives that we have to use ‘more’ or ‘most’ with, even though they only have one syllable. We CAN’T add ‘er’ or ‘est’.

  • fun → more fun / most fun (NOT funner / funnest)
  • real → more real / most real (NOT realer / realest)
  • right → more right / most right (NOT righter / rightest)
  • wrong → more wrong / most wrong (NOT wronger / wrongest)

Adjectives with two syllables

For adjectives with two syllables we generally use ‘more’ or ‘most’.

  • careful → more careful / most careful
  • bored → more bored / most bored

But some two syllable adjectives can take ‘er’ or ‘est’. It’s also fine to use ‘more’ (for the comparative) or ‘most’ (for the superlative).

  • clever → cleverer / cleverest
  • simple → simpler / simplest
  • narrow → narrower / narrowest
  • quiet → quieter / quietest

Adjectives with two syllables that end in ‘y’ usually can add ‘er’ or ‘est’ (y generally changes to i). It’s also fine to use ‘more’ or ‘most’.

  • dirty → dirtier / dirtiest
  • pretty → prettier / prettiest
  • lovely → happier / happiest
  • ugly → uglier / ugliest

Adjectives with more than two syllables

Adjectives with more than two syllables can only make their comparative by using ‘more’ and their superlative by using ‘most’.

  • beautiful → more beautiful / most beautiful
  • intelligent → more intelligent / most intelligent
  • interesting → more interesting / most interesting
  • expensive → more expensive / most expensive

Irregular adjectives

There are also some irregular adjectives. We just need to learn these forms.

  • good → better → best
  • bad → worse → worst
  • far → further → furthest
  • little → less → least
  • much → more → most

Try an exercise about making the comparative here.

Read about how to use comparative adjectives here.
Read about how to use superlative adjectives here.

READING AND CLOZE TESTS

Hello guys!  I have just found out about this website with lots of exercises for your reading comprehension part. I am sure it´s going to be very useful for you. Please pay attention to the level, follow the stars….stars

The core and quirks of English grammar

 The core and quirks of English grammar is a site for learning the basics of English

grammar different from anything you may find on the net.

It offers explanations of the key points of English grammar  through timelines, visuals and examples.

The grammar points explained on the site so far include:
– The tenses and modal verbs.
– The passive voice.
– Reported speech.
– Conditional sentences.
– Relative clauses.

XMAS PARTY 2014

Hello guys! here are the pictures, videos and recipes from our party. We had a fantastic time and I want to thank you all for coming and participating!

XMASRECIPES2014

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IS IT GOING TO SNOW?

Hi guys! Look at this wonderful video that I found on http://www.multimedia-english.com/. Pay attention to the verb tenses and follow along the characters together with the script. Happy winter!!

charli

Exam practise

The British Council offers English language learners of almost all levels (those who are in the A1-B2 range) the possibility of improving their listening, reading and writing skills through activities and exercises in exam format.

There are around 10 prepared activities in each of the four levels (A1, A2, B1 and B2), and they all come complete with texts, exercises, answers, transcripts and audio files, all of which are downloadable.

The British Council Skills are specially suitable for learners who must sit skill-based exams.

THANKSGIVING DESSERTS

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because we celebrate our cultures with our families surrounded by something other than gift giving… and lots of great grub. From a classic pumpkin pie and gooey pecan tart to an updated apple cake with porter fudge caramel, here are nine delicious desserts to round out your holiday feast. Happy Thanksgiving!

Pumpkin Pie  Fried Apple Hand Pie

Almond & Orange Cake with Plum Compote  TarteTatin

Apple Cake with Porter Fudge Caramel & Hazelnut Granola  Pecan Tart

Coconut Custard Pie  Bread Pudding

Apple-Raisin Crumb Cake

These recipes are taken from http://andrewzimmern.com/

PUMPKIN CONTEST

CONCURSO DE CALABAZAS DE HALLOWEEN

 PUMPKIN

La Escuela Oficial de Idiomas convoca un concurso de calabazas decoradas abierto a todos los alumnos matriculados en el centro de Ávila y sus secciones en el curso 2014-2015.

Bases del concurso:

1) El peso de la calabaza no podrá exceder de 3 kg.

2) La técnica de decoración es de libre elección.

3) Cada calabaza deberá ir acompañada de un sobre (pegado en su base) con un pseudónimo por fuera. Dentro habrá otro sobre donde aparecerán el nombre, dirección, teléfono, curso y correo electrónico del participante.

4) Cada alumno podrá presentar tres calabazas como máximo.

5) La recogida de las calabazas se realizará el lunes 27 y el martes 28 de octubre en el hall de la escuela.

6) El jurado estará formado por:

Profesores de los idiomas impartidos en el Centro

Un representante del personal laboral

Un representante de alumnos elegido al azar entre el alumnado no participante en el concurso.

7) El jurado dará  a conocer el fallo del concurso el día 29 de octubre en el tablón de anuncios del Departamento de actividades extraescolares y el nombre de los ganadores se publicará en la página web.

8) La calabaza ganadora recibirá un premio sorpresa por centro.

9) El jurado valorará la originalidad de las decoraciones, su fallo será inapelable y se podrá declarar el premio desierto.

10) La participación en el concurso supone la aceptación de las presentes bases.

Reading comprehension practice

 Esl-bits offers this extraordinary resource to practice reading comprehension in exam format. There are different kinds of activities you can do: comprehension of signs; true/false questions; matching people with the most suitable situation for them; fill in the gaps with the missing words; and general comprehension of a text.

All in all students of A2-early B1 level (Básico 2 for EOI standards)  can find 19 activities at their disposal to develop their reading skills and prepare for their forthcoming exam.

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KEY TO ENGLISH FILE PRE-INTERMEDIATE ENTRY CHECKER

Hello class,

for those of you who have purchased all the New English File materials, you have an entry checker. This is a summary with all the grammar points from 1st of basic level. It´s a great booklet to review and revise all those contents. Here you have a document with the solutions. Happy checking!

key English File entry checker to Pre-int 3rd ed

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