Comparative Adjectives Exercises (With Printable PDF)

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Comparing yourself to others often leads to resentment. But in English, comparisons matter! They allow you to describe that something or someone has a bigger or smaller amount of a specific characteristic.

Find out how to form comparative adjectives in this article. Then, answer the three-part exercise with a printable PDF about comparative adjectives.

What Are Comparative Adjectives?

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Comparative adjectives modify nouns and pronouns while expressing comparisons.

Some comparative adjectives are formed by using –er at the end of the word.

  • Bigger
  • Smaller
  • Trickier
  • Whiter
  • Taller

Some comparative adjectives are formed by using the adverb more. This is more common among longer adjectives.

  • More elegant
  • More distant
  • More elongated
  • More expensive
  • More intellectual

We can also use less for comparisons to show a smaller amount. For example:

  • Less boring
  • Less expensive
  • Less hardworking
  • Less comfortable
  • Less greasy
Comparative Adjectives Exercise #1

Comparative Adjectives Exercise #1

Identify whether the word is a normal adjective or a comparative adjective by choosing N or C.

More distant
More joyful
More intelligent
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Comparative Adjectives Exercise #2

Comparative Adjectives Exercise #2

Choose the correct adjective that will complete the sentence.

My car is red, while yours is (blue, bluer).
The roads keep getting (more narrow, narrower) every year.
Whose painting is (colorfuler, more colorful)?
Your ideas keep getting (bright, brighter) and (bright, brighter).
Today was (memorabler, more memorable) than yesterday.
I don’t think I’m (fast, faster) enough to join the competition.
The (slow, slower) you type, the (long, longer) you’ll take to finish that homework.
I want a (powerful, more powerful) computer than my current one.
Which country is (big, bigger), Canada or Russia?
Lifting (more heavy, heavier) weights every set is the best progressive overload method.
The vanilla and caramel notes in this perfume are (strong, stronger) than the white floral notes.
Every night, it gets (more cold, colder).
I am a (good, better) volleyball player than Mia.
Lindsay turned a year (old, older) today. She is now six.
Everyone in the office thinks Thea has a (pleasant, more pleasant) personality.
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Comparative Adjectives Exercise #3

Comparative Adjectives Exercise #3

Write the comparative forms of the adjectives below.

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Let’s Review Comparative Adjectives

Comparative adjectives are a type of adjective that compare two nouns or noun equivalents. Some forms require an -er ending, while others need the word more before them.

I hope this short guide with three exercises helps you practice using comparative adjectives in your sentences. Make sure to check your answers using the answer key to evaluate which parts of the topic require improvement.