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Degrees of comparison (adverbs)

чт, 03/29/2018 - 12:08 Марина

Degrees of comparison (adverbs) -степени сравнения наречий образовываются почти так же, как и степени сравнения прилагательных. Наречия образовывают две степени сравнения: сравнительную (Comparative degree) и превосходную (Superlative degree).

  Comparative degree Superlative degree

Односложные наречия

и early


e.g.  near-nearer                               



e.g. near- nearest      

        early- earliest

Наречияна -ly


e.g. slowly-more slowly      

        happily – less happily    


e.g. slowly – most slowly       

        happily – least happily



·         Well – better – best

·         Badly – worse –  worst

·         Much – more – most

·         Little – less – least

·         Far – farther/further – farthest/furthest


  • Иногда перед превосходной степенью сравнения используется артикль the, но не всегда.

e.g. This baby smiles the most sweetly.


   Exercise 1.

Write the adverbs in comparative and superlative degree.

1)      Badly

2)      Early

3)      Easily

4)      Dangerously

5)      Little

6)      Late

7)      Quietly

8)      Well

9)      Politely

10)   Hard






Answers: 1. worse-worst, 2. earlier-earliest, 3. more easily-most easily, 4. more dangerously-most dangerously, 5.less-least, 6.late-latest, 7. more quietly-most quietly, 8. better-best, 9. more politely-most politely, 10.harder-hardest.




   Exercise 2.

Choose the correct form of the adverb.

1)      These dancers dance more gracefully/most gracefully of all.

2)      Kate runs faster/fastest than Jill but she swims more slowly/most slowly.

3)      I drive dangerously but my mom drives even more dangerously/most dangerously.

4)      My band played worse/the worst of all at the concert.

5)      My daughter reads more quickly/most quickly in her class.

6)      This sweater suits you better/the best than the blue one.

7)      Unfortunately I left work later/latest than I wanted.





Answers: 1.most gracefully, 2.faster, more slowly, 3.more dangerously, 4.the worst, 5.most quickly, 6.better, 7.later.





   Exercise 3.

Complete with correct form of the adverb.

1)      Could you come a little (late) at the weekend?

2)      He dances (well) than I do.

3)      Who drives (carefully) in your family?

4)       Read this book (fast) than the previous one.

5)      This year she communicates even (shyly) than before.

6)      He behaves (aggressively) in his company.

7)       My husband cooks (well) than me but unfortunately he never does the washing up.





Answers: 1.later, 2.better, 3.the most carefully, 4.faster, 5.more shyly, 6.most aggressively, 7.better.