Grammar | Comparatives and Superlatives Series

IELTS Lessons, written by Sam Morgan and Tom Speed

We will now look at comparatives and superlatives. ​Accurate use of comparatives and superlatives is essential to get a band 5 or higher in both speaking and writing so review what you know about this grammar with the information below and then try out the interactive quiz.




​Complete the sentences below by using the correct comparative or superlative form of an adjective from the box. Type your answers in the boxes, and don’t forget your capital letters.

​Some adjectives can be used more than once. Write no more than 3 words.

1. Travelling long distances by train is generally travelling by plane, so it’s a more common choice for less well off people.
2. player on the team costs a lot of money.
3. Many people say that Mediterranean cuisine is northern European cuisine because southern European food is often much lighter.
4. The first time I saw her I thought she was girl I had ever seen.
5. The phone signal is bad, so don’t call. It’s to e-mail their online customer care department instead.
6. way to solve the problem is to speak to him personally if you don’t have much time.
7. You will make the problem if you don’t talk to him.
8. In my experience the students will become the most confident English speakers.
9. couple I know are my neighbours, who have been happily married for 23 years!
10. I would be about the situation if I knew exactly what the clients wanted.
11. It was by far movie I have ever seen because it was so over-hyped by so many people but at the same time it was a really dull film.
12. Wind generated energy than fossil fuel derived energy because we may run out of fossil fuel soon.
13. painting ever sold was Les Femmes d’Alger by Pablo Picasso at $179 million.
14. I don’t have much money with me so I would like to buy a bottle of wine that you have.
15. Out of the 4 most widely consumed meats chicken is said to be as cows, pigs and sheep take longer to reproduce and require more resources.

Speaking Task

Record yourself answering the following questions. Listen back to the recording for mistakes and then try again. When you have finished, listen to Tom and Sam answer the questions. What interesting vocabulary do they use? Can you copy their pronunciation?
  1. What is the best movie you have ever seen?
  2. What is the easiest way for you to get to your place of work or campus?
  3. What is the best way to improve your English?
  4. Who is the most honest person you know?
  5. What is the best place for shopping in your country?
  6. What is the longest journey/trip you have ever been on?

Here are Sam and Tom’s answers:

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