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A. Which of the adjectives below do you associate with the city and which with the countryside?

CITY LIFE ● safe ● polluted COUNTRY LIFE


● peaceful ● crowded
● big ● stressful
● exciting ● helpful
● relaxing ● busy
● healthy ● noisy
● fast ● expensive
● lonely ● clean
● dangerous ● boring

B. Let’s learn how to compare people/things C. Now use the adjectives in (A) and complete the
using the COMPARATIVE OF SUPERIORITY: sentences using the comparative of superiority.

1. The air in the country is ____________________ but in


For short (one syllable) adjectives or the city it is ____________________________.
2. City life is ___________________________ because
adjectives ending in “y” we just add “(e)r” to
there are plenty of things you can do. This is why living in
the adjective:
the country can be ______________________________.
 small – smaller 3. Cities are _____________________ than villages and
 close – closer ____________________ because more people live there.
 friendly – friendlier 4. People in the city may feel _______________________
(note that the “y” changes to “i”) because they don’t have time for each other.
5. In the country there is less crime, so people feel
____________. In the city life is ____________________.
6. The cost of living is ____________________ in the city.
For long (two or more syllables) adjectives 7. There is a strong sense of community in the country
we add “more” before the adjective: and neighbours are usually ________________________.
 interesting – more interesting 8. There is less pollution in the country and so people
 famous – more famous have a ______________________ life.
(note that the adjectives do not change) 9. It’s quieter and ___________________ in the country.
It is ________________ in the city because of the traffic.
10. In the city there is more confusion and so living there
can be _______________________. Life in the country is
We need to use “than” when we mention much ________________________ than in the city.
both the people/things we are comparing: 11. People seem to be ____________________ in the city
 Life is quieter in the country than in the city. because they are always working and running around.
12. Life in the city is ______________ - in the country life
moves a bit slower.
A. Which of the adjectives below do you associate with the city and which with the countryside?

CITY LIFE ● safe ● polluted COUNTRY LIFE


● peaceful ● crowded
● big ● stressful
● exciting ● helpful
● relaxing ● busy
● healthy ● noisy
● fast ● expensive
● lonely ● clean
● dangerous ● boring

B. Let’s learn how to compare people/things C. Now use the adjectives in (A) and complete the
using the COMPARATIVE OF SUPERIORITY: sentences using the comparative of superiority.

1. The air in the country is ____________________ but in


For short (one syllable) adjectives or the city it is ____________________________.
2. City life is ___________________________ because
adjectives ending in “y” we just add “(e)r” to
there are plenty of things you can do. This is why living in
the adjective:
the country can be ______________________________.
 small – smaller 3. Cities are _____________________ than villages and
 close – closer ____________________ because more people live there.
 friendly – friendlier 4. People in the city may feel _______________________
(note that the “y” changes to “i”) because they don’t have time for each other.
5. In the country there is less crime, so people feel
____________. In the city life is ____________________.
6. The cost of living is ____________________ in the city.
For long (two or more syllables) adjectives 7. There is a strong sense of community in the country
we add “more” before the adjective: and neighbours are usually ________________________.
 interesting – more interesting 8. There is less pollution in the country and so people
 famous – more famous have a ______________________ life.
(note that the adjectives do not change) 9. It’s quieter and ___________________ in the country.
It is ________________ in the city because of the traffic.
10. In the city there is more confusion and so living there
can be _______________________. Life in the country is
We need to use “than” when we mention much ________________________ than in the city.
both the people/things we are comparing: 11. People seem to be ____________________ in the city
 Life is quieter in the country than in the city. because they are always working and running around.
12. Life in the city is ______________ - in the country life
moves a bit slower.
KEY

CITY LIFE COUNTRY LIFE


● big ● fast ● safe
● polluted ● lonely ● peaceful
● crowded ● dangerous ● helpful
● stressful ● relaxing
● exciting ● healthy
● busy ● clean
● noisy ● boring
● expensive

1. The air in the country is cleaner but in the city it is more polluted.
2. City life is exciting because there are plenty of things you can do. This is why living in the
country can be boring.
3. Cities are bigger than villages and more crowded because more people live there.
4. People in the city may feel lonelier because they don’t have time for each other.
5. In the country there is less crime so people feel safer. In the city life is more dangerous.
6. The cost of living is more expensive in the city.
7. There is a strong sense of community in the country and neighbours are usually more helpful.
8. There is less pollution in the country and so people have a healthier life.
9. It’s quieter and more peaceful in the country. It is noisier in the city because of the traffic.
10. In the city there is more confusion and so living there can be more stressful. Life in the
country is much more relaxing than in the city.
11. People seem to be busier in the city because they are always working and running around.
12. Life in the city is faster - in the country life moves a bit slower.