Friday, February 14, 2014

Comparative & Superlative

Generally, if an adjective has one or two syllables, we add an "-er" for the comparative and an "-est" for the superlative. If there are more than two syllables, we use more/most + adjective. Of course, there are exceptions.

1. What is the most beautiful or most interesting thing you have ever seen? Is it more beautiful or more interesting than the aurora borealis?

2. Which country do you think has a more efficient education system: China or the United States?

3. Do you know any of the following statistics/ facts?: The longest river in the world, the second biggest bank robbery in history, the smallest country in the world, the oldest man or woman alive, the richest man in the world, the country with the highest per capita income in the world, the fastest man alive, the longest running comic strip.

4. Who do you think is crazier… Jim Carrey, Dennis Rodman or Charlie Sheen?

5. The "longest day" of the year is called the Summer solstice. The shortest day of the year is called the Winter solstice.

6. In your opinion, who do you think speaks a "clearer" English… Americans or the British?

7. In you experience, which is the best and the worst web browser that exists?

8. Do you think the best movie, actor/actress, best directed movie, best foreign film etc., won an Oscar this year?

9. They say the most difficult language to learn is the "bushman language" from Southern Africa. It almost entirely consists of a complex system of clicks. Now English doesn't seem so difficult, does it!?

10. What is the most boring/ least interesting movie you have ever watched?

11. Some people find it difficult to answer the following question: "What was the happiest/saddest day of your life?"

12. What is the biggest dream/ goal you currently have? Have you made it a priority? Do you set aside a little time each day to focus on it?


  1. Nice post! I'm happy "Native Speaking Comics" is back again to my mailbox!

    Right in the first example there's an exception (more lost). Could you please publish here in the comment section another example of one/two syllable adjectives that instead the -er/-est are used with -more/-most?? I actually can't remember any at all...

    1. Irate, more irate, most irate
      "Winning", more "winning", most "winning"
      Sun-dried, more sun-dried, most sun-dried
      Absurd, more absurd, most absurd
      Boring, more boring, most boring
      ... Just off the top of my head.... But the reason they are so difficult to think of is because there are so few of them and they are so uncommon.

    2. Fortunately they're so few... and the best of it is that even without being 100% sure of those exceptions I don't feel like using them with -er or -est.

      Thanks for the feedback! Two thumbs up!! :)


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