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Exercise 3. Write sentences about Ann and Ben. Use than.





Ann: Ben:

1 I'm 26. 1. I'm 24.

2 I'm not a very good swimmer. 2. I'm a very good swimmer.

3 I'm 1 metre 70 tall. 3. I'm 1 metre 89 tall.

4 I start work at 8 o'clock. 4. I start work at 9.30.

5 I don't work very hard. 5. I work very hard.

6 I haven't got much money. 6. I've got a lot of money.

7 I'm a very good driver. 7. I'm not a very good driver.

8 I'm not very patient. 8. I'm very patient.

9 I'm not a very good dancer. 9. I'm a very good dancer.

10 I'm very intelligent. 10. I'm very intelligent.

11 I speak French very well. 11. I don’t speak French very well.

12 I don't go to the cinema very much. 12. I don't go to the cinema

very much.

 

Exercise 4. Complete the sentences. Use than.

1 He isn't very tall. You're ……than him. (OR You’re …… than he is.)

2 She isn't very old. You're...

3 I don't work very hard. You work ……

4 He doesn't watch TV very much. You ……

5 I'm not a very good cook. You …...

6 We don't know many people. You ..….

7 They haven't got much money. You ……

8 I can't run very fast. You can …….

9 She hasn't been here very long. You …….

10 They didn't get up very early. You …….

11 He wasn't very surprised. You ……

 

Exercise 5. Complete the sentences with a bit or much + a comparative (older/better etc.).

1. Jill is 25. Gary is 25,5. Jill is ……

2. Jack's mother is 54. His father is 69. Jack's mother ……

3. My camera cost 100 pounds. Yours cost 96. My camera ……

4. Yesterday I felt terrible. Today I feel OK. I feel ……

5. Today the temperature is 20 degrees. Yesterday it was ten degrees. Its ……

6. Ann is an excellent tennis player. I'm not very good. Ann ……

7. I’m 1 metre 59 tall. My friend is 2 metre 10 tall. My friend ……

8. Today I translated 10 pages. Yesterday I translated 9 pages. Today I ……

9. Yesterday my sister worked 10 hours. Today she worked only 4 hours. Yesterday she ……

10. I have one sister and no brothers. My friend has four sisters and three brothers. My friend ……

 

Exercise 6. Write sentences with as... as....

1 Athens is older than Rome.

2 My sister speaks English better than me.

3 My room is bigger than yours.

4 I like football more than my friend.

5 You got up earlier than me.

6 She's more nervous than him.

7 We played better than them.

8 My friend knows more about English literature than me.

9 I've been here longer than you.

10 This car is older than mine.

 

Exercise 7. Put in as or than.

1 Athens is …… thanRome.

2 Belgium is smaller …… Switzerland.

3 I don't watch TV as much……you.

4 Brazil isn't as big ……Canada.

5 You eat more……me.

6 I can't wait longer …… an hour

7 I feel better……I felt yesterday.

8 He doesn’t know as much …… I thought.

9 Jim isn't as clever …… he thinks.

10 My brother works harder ……. me.

 

ITEM 32.2. DEGREES OF COMPARISON (REVIEW)

 

Exercise 1. Complete the sentences. Use a comparative.

1. It's too noisy here. Can we go somewhere ……?

2. I was surprised we got here so quickly. I expected the journey to take ……

3. You're talking very loudly. Can you speak a bit ……?

4. You hardly ever phone me. Why don't you phone me ……?

5. You're standing too near the camera. Can you move a bit ……away?

6. You were a bit depressed yesterday but you look…… today.

7. This coffee is very weak. I like it a bit ……



8. The hotel was surprisingly big. I expected it to be ……

9. The weather is too cold in this country. I'd like to live somewhere ……

10. My job is a bit boring sometimes. I'd like to do something ……

11. I was surprised how easy it was to use the computer. I thought it would be ......

 

Exercise 2 Read the situations and complete the sentences. Use a comparative form.

1 Yesterday the temperature was nine degrees. Today it's only six degrees.

2 The journey takes four hours by car and five hours by train.

3 Dave and I went for a run. I ran ten kilometres. Dave stopped after eight kilometres.

4 Chris and Joe both did badly in the exam. Chris got 20% but Joe only got 15%.

5 I expected my friends to arrive at about 4 o'clock. In fact they arrived at 2.30.

6 You can go by bus or by train. The buses run every 30 minutes. The trains run every hour.

7 We were very busy at work today. We're not usually as busy as that.

Exercise 3 Complete the sentences. Each time use the comparative form of one of the words in the list. Use than where necessary :

big, crowded , early, high, important, interested, peaceful, reliable, serious, simple, thin

1 In some parts of the country, prices are…… in others.

2 I'd like to have а more …… car. The one I've got keeps breaking down.

3 Unfortunately her illness was ……we thought at first.

4 You look …… Have you lost weight?

5 I want a ……flat. We don't have enough space here.

6 He doesn't study very hard. He's ……in having a good time.

7 Health and happiness are ……money.

8 The instructions were very complicated. They could have been ……

9 There were a lot of people on the bus. It was …… usual.

10 I like living in the countryside. It's …… living in a town.

11 You'll find your way around the town …… if you have a good map.

12 I was feeling tired last night, so I went to bed …… usual.

 

Exercise 4 Use the words in brackets to complete the sentences. Use much / a bit etc. + a comparative form. Use than where necessary.

 

1 Her illness was ……we thought at first. (much / serious)

2 This bag is too small. I need something……(much / big)

3 I'm afraid the problem is……it seems. (much / complicated)

4 You looked depressed this morning but you look ……now. (a bit / happy)

5 I enjoyed our visit to the museum. It was……I expected.

(far / interesting)

6 You're driving too fast. Could you drive……? ( a bit / slowly)

7 It's……to learn a foreign language in the country where it is spoken. (a lot / easy).

8 I thought she was younger than me but in fact she's……

(slightly / old)

Exercise 5 Complete the sentences using any/no + a comparative. Use than where necessary.

1 I'm fed up with waiting. I'm not waiting ......

2 I'm sorry I'm a bit late but I couldn't get here......

3 This shop isn't expensive. The prices are……anywhere else.

4 I must stop for a rest. I can't walk......

5 The traffic isn't particularly bad today. It's……usual.

 

Exercise 6 Complete the sentences using the structure ...and....

1 It's becoming ……to find a job. (hard)

2 That hole in your pullover is getting……(big)

3 My bags seemed to get……as I carried them. (heavy)

4 As I waited for my interview, I became……(nervous)

5 As the day went on, the weather got……(bad)

6 Travelling is becoming……(expensive)

7 Since she has been in Britain, her English has got……(good)

8 As the conversation went on, he became……(talkative)

Exercise 7 Complete the sentences using as...as.

1 I'm quite tall but you are taller. I'm not as tall as you.

2 My salary is high but yours is higher. My salary isn't......

3 You know a bit about cars but I know more. You don't......

4 It's still cold but it was colder yesterday. It isn't......

5 I still feel a bit tired but I felt a lot more tired yesterday.

I don't......

6 They've lived here for quite a long time but we've lived here longer.

They haven't......

7 I was a bit nervous before the interview but usually I'm a lot more nervous.
I wasn't......

 

Exercise 8 Use the comparative or …as …. to rewrite these sentences so that they have the same meaning.

1 Jack is younger than he looks. Jack isn't ……

2 I didn't spend as much money as you. You spent more money than me.

3 The station was nearer than I thought. The station wasn't ……

4 The meal didn't cost as much as I expected. The meal

5 I go out less than I used to. I don't……

6 Her hair isn't as long as it used to be. She used to ......

7 I know them better than you do. You don't ……

8 There were fewer people at this meeting than at the last one.

There weren't……





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