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  Comparative adjectives
Updated 28 April 2003, 09.50
Use comparatives to show how rich someone is!

Learning aims
  • Learn spelling patterns for comparative adjectives

  • Rewrite adjectives to show comparisons
Introduction
Read through the story JK Rowling is richer than the Queen!

Make the point that when we compare two things we add er to the adjective:

  • Muhammad is faster than Ben.
When the adjective is a longer word we put more in front of it:
  • This photo is more beautiful than that one.
Exceptions
Sometimes the adjective has to be altered before adding er.

1. If the adjective ends in y, you usually change y to ier:

  • sunny becomes sunnier
2. Very short adjectives often double their last consonant:
  • fit becomes fitter and thin becomes thinner

Find the uses of the word 'richer' in the story and ask the class for the two things that are being compared in each case:

  • JK Rowling is actually richer than the Queen herself (JK Rowling and the Queen)
Main activity
The class rewrite the sentences on the comparative adjectives worksheet.

Answers for the worksheet:

1. fuller
2. more intelligent
3. greyer
4. more trustworthy
5. more common
6. sadder
7. hotter
8. luckier
9. stronger
10. more beautiful
11. easier
12. redder
13. tinier
14. busier
15. healthier

Extension activity
The class search through their reading books for examples of comparative adjectives and note down the two things that are being compared.

Plenary
Recap on the main teaching points and children present their examples to the class.


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