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Adjectives and Adverbs




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  6. The Comparison of Adjective and Adverbs

1. Circle the correct form in parentheses.

1. Rita plays the violin (good/well). 2. That is an (intense/intensely) novel. 3. The sun is shining (bright/brightly). 4. The girls speak (fluent/fluently) French. 5. The boys speak Spanish (fluent/fluently). 6. The table has a (smooth/smoothy) surface. 7. We must figure our income tax returns (accurate/accurately). 8. We don't like to drink (bitter/bitterly) tea.

9. The plane will arrive (soon/soonly). 10. He had an accident because he was driving too (fast/fastly).

 

2. Open the brackets. Use adjectives or adverbs.

Lan did not want to defend herself (public). She just walked away (sad) after the other students had called her a "gook", but when they could not see her, she started to cry (quiet). She had not expected such a (rude) word from them. She had been (nice) to them. She had not spoken (bad) of them or their country, al­though life here was very (hard) for her family. Why had they attacked her? For her it was (unimaginable) to be so (hard) on somebody. She asked herself, " Will we ever be able to live (happy) in their country?"

3. Put in the right forms. Alternatives are possible.

THE CHAMP

The two men were sitting at the bar. The one (near) ... to me was the (big) ... and (strong) ... man I have ever seen. The one (far) ... from me was the (small/little) ... and (weak) ... . They were having the (violent) ... argument I had ever heard. Suddenly

the little man said, "It's a case of the (small) ... brain in the world fitted into the (big) ... head!" They were his (last/latest) ... words. The little man didn't know what hit him as he fell to the floor. "When Shortie wakes up, tell him that was my (better/best) ... Karate chop," the big man told the barman as he left. The next evening, King Karate was at the bar as usual when Shortie crept quietly, swung his arm and the champ fell to the floor. "When Karate wakes up," Shortie said, "tell him it was my (oldest/eldest) ... Land Rover starting handle."

 

4. Write the missing words in the blanks. Several an­swers may be correct.

H. and C. arrive the home of E.'s family.

Mrs C.: Hello, Carlos and Hiroshi. Come in................... take your jackets?



H.: Yes......................This is a beautiful house.

C.: Yes, it's ................. than our apartment. I really like it, Mrs C.

Mrs C.: Well, thank you. But ............... call me Francine We've .................. formal here ......in some other families.

H.: Okay.............Ellen...............be here soon?

Mrs C.: Yes, ................... She .................. downstairs in a few minutes. Dinner ...... be ready................ soon ................ pos­sible.

Ellen comes down and they all sit down to dinner.

Mrs C.: Carlos, ............have some roast beef?

Mr C.: And then ............... please pass it to me?

E,: What ............... give you to drink — beer, wine, cola, milk?

H.: .................. cola, please?

Mr C.: Well, Carlos, when...............graduate?

C.: ................

Mrs C.: What............do after that?

C.: ................

H.: Mmmm ............................ this roast beef is terrific. It's

..............................than in my favourite restaurant.

Mr C.: My wife cooks as .................. the famous chefs of Europe!



Mrs C.: Thank you, dear. I think we need ............ napkins. ................ get from the kitchen?

Mr Cline gets ............... napkins from the kitchen and brings them to the table.

Mrs C.\ Hiroshi, your plate is almost empty.................... you more vegetables?

H,\ No, thank you. But ................... salad?Mrs C.: Of course.

E.\ We're ........................... a great dessert next. Save room for it!

H.: Don't worry. I..................two servings of dessert!

Mrs C.: Well, I can offer you ............... carrot cake, ............apple pie, or.......... ice cream.

Mr C: I don't want ............... cake or pie tonight, dear. I'm ...............ice cream.

C.: I ............... have ............... cake.

H.: I want .................. cake, ............ pie, and ............... ice

cream!

Mr C.: (walking to the kitchen) How can he eat so ...............and stay so skinny?

 

5. Fill in the blank with the positive or comparative form of the word in parentheses. Add necessary words.

1. Is these ............... (comparative: advertising) in the USA.... in your country? Is it ................... (positive: effective)?

2. Are billboards ............... (positive: common) in your coun­try ......... in the USA? Are they ........................ (comparative: attractive)?

3. Are newspapers in your language .................. (comparative: interesting) .................. newspapers in English? Are they..................... (comparative: expensive)?

4. Are there .................. (comparative: few ads) in newspa­pers in your country ...... in the USA? Are they ..............(comparative: small or big)?



5. Are records from your country ............... (positive: good) .................. records in the USA? Do teenagers play them ............. (positive: loudly)?

6. Are American TV commercials ............ (comparative: good) .................. commercials in your country? Do they appear ... (comparative: frequently)?

7. Is the media ............... (positive: important) in your coun­try ......... in the USA?

 

6. Fill in the blanks.

WHICH APARTMENT IS BETTER

Donald and Gloria are looking for a place to live. Last week they saw an apartment on Grant Street that Donald liked very much. This week they're looking at an apartment on Brighton Boulevard that Gloria likes better.

Gloria: The living room in the Grant Street apartment is so

small, and this one is much (large) ................ Also, the kitchen

in the Grant Street apartment is so dark, and this one is much (light) ...................

Donald: That's true. But the Grant Street apartment is cheap, and this one is much (expensive) ...................

Gloria: No wonder! That's because the Grant Street apart­ment is old and ugly, and this one is much (new) ............... and

(pretty) ................ The Grant Street yard is so little, and this

yard is much (big) ......................

Donald: But don't you think the superintendent at the Brigh­ton Boulevard apartment is a little lazy? I'm sure the Grant

Street superintendent is much (energetic) ............. And I think

the Brighton Boulevard landlord is stingy. The one on Grant Street is much (generous) ................

Gloria: You might be right. But Grant Street is so narrow

and dirty, and Brighton Boulevard is much (wide) ............... and

(clean) ...................

Donald: I agree. But the Brighton Boulevard neighbours are so unfriendly, and the Grant Street neighbours are much

(hospitable) ................ Don't you think that living on Brighton

Boulevard is going to be boring? I'm sure that living on Grant Street will be much (interesting) ................

Gloria: Hmm. What do you think we should do?

Donald: I don't know. I guess we should look at the apart­ment on School Street before we decide.

 

7. Select the correct form in parentheses in the following sentences.

1. Of the four dresses, I like the red one (better/best). 2. Phil is the (happier/happiest) person that we know. 3. Pat's car is (faster/fastest) than Dan's. 4. This the (creamier/creamiest) ice cream I have had in a long time. 5. This poster is (colourfuler/more colourful) than the one in the hall. 6. Does Fred feel (weller/better) today than he did yester­day? 7. This vegetable soup tastes very (good/well). 8. While trying to balance the baskets on her head, the woman walked (awkwarder/more awkwardly) than her daughter. 9. Jane is the (less/least) athletic of all the women. 10. My cat is the (prettier/prettiest) of the two. 11. This summary is (the better/the best) of the pair. 12. Your heritage is different (from/than) mine. 13. This painting is (less impressive/least impressive) than the one in the other gallery. 14. The colder the weather gets (sicker/the sicker) I feel. 15. No sooner had he received the letter (when/than) he called Maria.

16. A mink coat costs (twice more than/twice as much as) a sable coat. 17. Jim has as (little/few) opportunities to play tennis as I. 18. That recipe calls for (many/much) more sugar than mine does. 19. The museum is the (farther/farthest) away of the three buildings.

20. George Washington is (famouser/more famous) than John Jay.

 

8. Supply the correct form of the adjectives and adverbs in parentheses. Let as and than be your clues. Add any other words that may be necessary.

1. John and his friends left ............ (soon) as the professor had finished his lecture.

2. His job is ............... (important) than his friend's. 3. He plays the guitar.......... (well) as Andres Segoria. 4. A new house is much ................ (expensive) than the older one.

5. Last week was ......... (hot) as this week. 6. Martha is............. (talented) than her cousin.

7. Bill's descriptions are .........(colourful) than his wife's. 8. Nobody is............(happy) than Maria Elena. 9. The boys felt ......... (bad) than the girls about losing the game. 10. A grey hound runs .... (fast) than a chihuahua.

9. Supply than, as or from in each of the following sen­tences.

1. The Empire State Building is taller ............ the Statue of Liberty. 2. California is farther from New York............ Pennsylvania. 3. His assignment is different.........mine. 4. Louie reads more quickly............ her sister. 5. No animal is so big............King Kong. 6. That report is less impressive ......... the government's. 7. Saw wears the same shirt ...... his teammates.

8. Dave paints much more realistically.........his professor. 9. The twins have less money at the end of the month ......... they had at the beginning. 10. Her sports car is different ............Nancy's.

 

10. Put in so much, so many, so few or so little.

When I agreed to serve on the committee, I didn't realize there would be ............ meetings. They take up ......... of my time that I think I'm going to have to resign. The meetings are com­pletely useless, anyway ... people put ............ energy into arguing for hours about things. They have ...... importance that they weren't worth discussing in the first place. And ...... of the com­mittee members are actually the kind of people I really want to get to know. I'm sure I'll be ......... happier if I give it up.

 

11. Fill in blanks with other.

1. I got three letters. One was from my father. Another one was from my sister.......... letter was from my girlfriend. 2. Look at your hand. There is a total of five fingers. One is your thumb....... is your index finger....... one is your middle finger........ finger is your ring finger. And ......... finger (the last of the five) is your little finger. 3. Look at your hands. One is your right hand...................is your left. 4. I invited five people to my party. Out of those five people, only John and Mary can come.......... can't come. 5. I invited five people to my party. Out of those five people, only John and Mary can come..........people can't come. 6. I would like some more books on this subject. Do you have any.........that you could lend me? 7. I would like to read more about this subject. Do you have any ......... books that you could lend me? 8. There are many means of transportation. The aeroplane is one means of transportation. The train is ..........

9. There are many means of transportation. The aeroplane is one.......... are the train, the automobile, and the horse. 10. There are two women standing on the corner. One is Helen Jansen and ............ is Pat Hendricks. 11. Alice reads THE NEW YORK TIMES every day. She doesn't read any.........newspapers. 12. Some people prefer classical music, but ............ prefer rock music. 13. Mr. and Mrs. Jay are a happily couple. The love .......... They support..........They like .......... 14. He will graduate in .........two years. 15. I'm almost finished. I just need ......... five minutes.

 

12. Fill in the blanks with other.

1. One common preposition is from....... common one is in. ...... are by, for, and of. The most frequently used prepositions in English are at, by, for, from, in, of, to, and with. What are some ...... prepositions? 2. Two countries border on the United States. One is Can­ada....... is Mexico.

3. One of the countries I would like to visit is Sweden.......... is Mexico. Of course, besides these two countries, there are many ...... places I would like to see. 4. They have three children. One has graduated from college and has a job....... is in school at the University of Arkansas.......

is still living at home. 5. Thank you for inviting me to go on the picnic. I'd like to go with you, but I've already made ...... plans. 6. Most of the guests have already arrived, and I'm sure that all of......will be here soon. 7. Some people are tall; ...... are short. Some people are fat; ...... are thin. Some people are nearsighted; ......... people are far-sighted. 8. That country has two basic problems. One is inflation, and ..... is the instability of their government. 9. I have been in only three cities since I came to the United States. One is New York, and ......... are Washington, D.C., and Chicago. 10. When his alarm went off this morning, he shut it off, rolled over, and slept for.........twenty minutes. 11. Louis and I have been friends for a long time. We've known ......since we were children. 12. It's a long trip. I'm getting tired of riding in the car, but we still have ...... two hundred miles to go. 13. In just......three weeks, he will be a married man.

14. Prices continually rise. Next year a new car will cost ...... three or four hundred dollars.

 

13. Put in the missing adjectives and adverbs. Use the following words: beautiful, best (twice), careful, cheap, early, far, fast, full, hurried, important, last, new, past, quick, rapid, silly.

A SPLASH OF COLOUR

...... Thursday I had an ...... interview for a job. I got up ...

and dressed ... I put on my ... jacket and trousers, to look my ... I had to travel by train so I walked to the station which isn't ... from my house. I was walking quite ... when I saw a man just ahead painting his fence with red paint. He didn't notice me as I walked ... . Then he turned suddenly and splashed my ... trousers! He had acted ... and he apologized, but the damage was done. There was a big store on the cor­ner, so I decided to buy a new pair ... . I could change on the train. I ... found a nice pair, which I bought quite ... . The shop was ... , so I paid ..., grabbed my shopping-bag and left. In the train, I went to the toilet to change. I took off my stained trousers and threw them out of the window. Then I opened the bag to get my ... ones, but all I found was a pink woollen sweater!

 


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