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ESL go.com's free online English grammar class: comparisons with adjectives

Compare my cats!

These are my cats, Richie and Nash. Richie is about 17 years old and has orange and gold tiger stripes. Nash, who is about 5 years old, is the fat black and white cat. I got Richie when I was in second grade (or something like that). Nash we found under a car near my sister's house in Boston; he was a stray. Here we will use adjectives to compare Nash and Richie.

picture of Nash and Richie (Jim's cats)

Using the adjective "old":

Richie as subject: Richie is older than Nash.

Nash as subject: Nash is not as old as Richie.

Now you can try it using "young". Do not use contractions (use "is not" rather than "isn't"). Also, make sure that there is only one space between each word. Remember that computers are not as smart as you are. You MUST use the adjective I tell you to use or the computer will tell you you're wrong!

Richie is Nash. Remember to use the adjective "young".

Nash is Richie. Remember to use the adjective "young".

Now, please try it with the adjective "fat":

Richie is Nash. Remember to use the adjective "fat".

Nash is Richie. Remember to use the adjective "fat".

Of course when we're talking about people it's not so nice to use "fat". Using "thin" would be much more polite:

Richie is Nash. Remember to use the adjective "thin".

Nash is Richie. Remember to use the adjective "thin".

I hope that this is enough to get you started but it is normal to have questions. You can ask them on this thread on our forums. If you don't feel like writing you can read what other people are saying.

If you want to practice making comparisons with adjectives, this message board thread should be useful. For example you could talk about whether cats or dogs make better pets by comparing them.

A cattery is a place where cats are kept and bred, while a kennel is a place where dogs are dogs are bred, trained, or boarded. Kennels and catteries are used somewhat differently because of the perception that cats can be left alone when the owners are away, while dogs need to be boarded. For example, when there's no one available to take care of our pets, we'll have a cat sitter come over once or twice a day but we'll put our dog in a kennel.