Adjectives 02
In 'This is the most delicious cheesecake' the word 'delicious' is the adjective.

Adjectives 02

This KS3 English quiz takes a second look at adjectives. Because adjectives describe the qualities possessed by nouns or pronouns, they can often be compared. By adding -er and -est to existing adjectives, you can use them to compare two or more nouns. For example, by adding -er and -est to the adjective, "low", you can make "lower" and "lowest". Thus, three objects can be compared: e.g. "My wall is low and your wall is lower, but his wall is the lowest". The adjectives "low", "lower" and "lowest" help to compare three of the same type of noun, in this case a wall.

Some adjectives cannot have the -er and -est suffixes added to them. In these cases, it is necessary to add the adverbs "more" and "most". For example, "Bill is interesting", "Bob is more interesting", "Ben is the most interesting". It's not correct to say that someone is the "interestingest"! Adjectives taking -er or "more" are known as comparative, while those taking -est or "most" are known as superlatives.

The canyon is the ... in the world.
more wide
most wide
"Widest" = superlative, which means "the most"
Apples are good for you, but watercress is ...
"....... and oranges are the best"
Honey is sweet, syrup is ... but sugar is the ...
more sweet, sweeter
most sweet, more sweet
sweeter, sweetest
sweetest, sweeter
"Sweeter" = comparative; "sweetest" = superlative
My ring is valuable, her ring is ... but your ring is ...
more valuable, most valuable
most valuable, more valuable
valuabler, valuablest
valuablest, valuabler
Standard English does not say "valuabler"!
An hour is a long time to wait, but a two hour wait is ...
more long
most long
".......and a three hour wait is the longest" = superlative
This cake tastes horrible, but that one tastes ...
more horrible
most horrible
Standard English does not say "horribler"!
Your book is more interesting than mine, but his is the ...
more interesting
most interesting
"Most interesting" = superlative
Spring is pleasant, summer is ... but autumn is the ...
more pleasant, most pleasant
most pleasant, more pleasant
pleasanter, pleasantest
pleasantest, pleasanter
"More pleasant" = comparative; "most pleasant" = superlative
Bus travel is quick, car travel is ... but air travel is ...
more quick, most quick
most quick, more quick
quicker, quickest
quickest, quicker
"Quicker" = comparative, "quickest" = superlative
Tea tastes nice, coffee tastes ... but chocolate tastes ...
more nice, most nice
most nice, more nice
nicer, nicest
nicest, nicer
"Nicer" is correct, not "more nice"!
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - What is an adjective?

Author:  Sue Daish

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