Thursday, April 23, 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015

COMPARATIVES AND SUPERLATIVES


Two-syllable adjectives ending in -y have -ier and -iest as their comparative and superlative. For example:
pretty prettier prettiest
happy happier happiest
dirty dirtier dirtiest
messy messier messiest
  • Yours is the messiest room I have ever seen.
  • She was the prettiest and happiest girl at the party.
Note that other common two-syllable adjectives ending in an unstressed vowel normally take the -er/-est patterns:
simple simpler simplest
clever cleverer cleverest
  • The cleverest solution to any problem is usually the simplest one.

Others, particularly participial adjectives formed with -ing and -ed and those ending in -ious and -ful form their comparatives and superlatives with more and most:
boring more boring most boring
worried more worried most worried
anxious more anxious most anxious
careful more careful most careful
  • Watching cricket is even more boring than playing it.
  • My wife was certainly more anxious than I was when
    Penny failed to return.
  • I bought the wrong type of hair shampoo for Joan. Next
    time I was more careful.

With some two-syllable adjectives, er/est and more/most are both possible:
  • The commonest /most common alcoholic drink in Poland is vodka.
  • He is more pleasant /pleasanter to talk to when he has
    not been drinking.

Three or more syllable adjectives take more or most in the comparative and superlative except for two-syllable adjectives ending in -y and prefixed with un-:
reasonable more reasonable most reasonable
beautiful more beautiful most beautiful
untidy untidier untidiest
unhealthy unhealthier unheathiest
  • John is the unhealthiest person I know, but one of the most successful.




(c) Adapted from http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/grammar/learnit/learnitv140.shtml

EXERCISES:





A good song to revise comparatives is the following one:
 Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger by Daft Punk



If you want to revise superlatives, 
listen to The Hardest Part by Coldplay

 



Watch the following video in which lots of comparatives and superlatives are used.



FILMS



Guess the movie from eoi.soraya

Do you remember when Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem won the Academy Awards for best supporting actress and actor respectively?








Click on the following link to revise some FILM VOCABULARY

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

CLOTHES



If you are really fond of shoes, have a look at the following picture.

Click on the following link to fill in the gaps with the suitable word: 
SHOPPING ROLE-PLAY


Watch the following videos to revise vocabulary on different items of clothing .





Are you a shopaholic?

Do the following quiz and find it out!