Ex. 9. Write the comparative form of the adjectives in brackets to complete the following sentences
1. This book is rather boring. I’d like to read a (interesting) one. 2. It’s a pity you live so far away. I wish you lived (near). 3. Jack is late. We expected him to be here (early). 4. This coat is too small. I need a (large) size. 5. The guest house was surprisingly cheap. We expected it to be much (expensive). 6. Your son is not keen on his studies. He’s (interested) in having a good time. 7. There were a lot of people on the bus. It was (crowded) than usual. 8. Your girl-friend looks (thin). Has she lost weight? 9. The children are making too much noise. Can they be a bit (quiet)? 10. The examination was (easy) than Max expected. 11. Don’t go by train. It’s (expensive). Let’s go by car. It’s (cheap). 12. I think we’ll resume the conversation when you’re a little (calm), Caroline. 13. Things went from bad to (bad). 14. To be ashamed of his own father is perhaps a (bitter) experience a young man can go through.
Ex. 10. Complete the following sentences using the comparative of the adjectives in brackets + than.
Example:My toothache is … it was yesterday. (painful) – My toothache is more painful thanit was yesterday.
1. Was there anything in the world … indecision? (bad). 2. He was only five years … I was. (young). 3. The problem is not so complicated. It’s … you think. (simple). 4. Health and happiness are … money. (important). 5. Kate remembered the little general; he was a good deal … herself. (small). 6. It’s … in here … it is on the street. (hot). 7. Sorry, I’m late. It took me … to get here … I expected. (long). 8. All his life he took pains to be …, … his fellows. (strong, brave). 9. Mr. Micawber, under pretence of showing me a … way … that by which I had come, accompanied me to the corner of the street. (near). 10. We always go camping when we go on holiday. It’s much … staying in a hotel. (cheap). 11. I like the countryside. It’s … and … living in a town. (healthy, peaceful). 12. She looks about 30, but in fact she is much … she looks. (old). 13. His illness was … we at first thought. (serious).
Ex. 11. This exercise is similar to the previous one but this time you have to use a bit, a little, much, a lot, far. Use than where necessary.
Example:Let’s go by car. It’s … (much/cheap) – Let’s go by car. It’s much cheaper.
1. Mrs. Stuart looked about 70, but in fact she was … . (much/young). 2. It’s … to learn a foreign language in the country where it is spoken. (a lot/easy). 3. His illness was … we at first thought. (far/serious). 4. It’s noisy here. Can we go somewhere …? (a little/quiet). 5. The test appeared to be … Nick expected. (much/easy). 6. This flat is too small for my family. We need something … . (much/big). 7. Nelly looked depressed this morning but she looks … now. (a bit/happy). 8. It’s … today … it was yesterday. (a little/warm). 9. Sam prefers this armchair. He considers it … than the other ones. (much/comfortable). 10. I prefer to travel by plane. Of course, it’s more expensive than to travel by train but … . (much/quick). 11. “Did you enjoy your visit to the opera house?” – “Yes, I found it … I expected.” (far/interesting). 12. My toothache is … it was yesterday. (much/painful).