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ANNABEL LEE

A famous Spanish group has a song with this title.


Which group is it?

Listen to the song (follow this link:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuZMhbU5TPY)

A famous poet published a poem of the same name.

Who was it?

Was he American or British?

When and where was he born?

When and where did he die?

ANNABEL LEE

It was many and many a year ago,

In a kingdom by the sea,

That a maiden there lived whom you may know

By the name of Annabel Lee;

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And this maiden she lived with no other thought

Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,

In this kingdom by the sea;

But we loved with a love that was more than love-

I and my Annabel Lee;

With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven

Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,

In this kingdom by the sea,

A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling

My beautiful Annabel Lee;

So that her highborn kinsman came

And bore her away from me,

To shut her up in a sepulchre

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In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in heaven,

Went envying her and me-

Yes!- that was the reason (as all men know,

In this kingdom by the sea)

That the wind came out of the cloud by night,

Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love

Of those who were older than we-

Of many far wiser than we-

And neither the angels in heaven above,

Nor the demons down under the sea,

Can ever dissever my soul from the soul

Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.

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For the moon never beams without bringing me

dreams

Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes

Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side

Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride,

In the sepulchre there by the sea,

In her tomb by the sounding sea.

Pay attention to the words. They are all

COMPARATIVES. Which are the rules for the

comparatives?

a) When an adjective or an adverb has got ONE

syllable, you add +ER.

Ex.: strong = stronger

new = newer

(no matter they end in -e) wise = wiser

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b) When an adjective or an adverb has only one

syllable and ends in CONS + VOW + CONS, you

DOUBLE the consonant and add +ER.

Ex.: big = bigger

c) When an adjective or an adverb has two syllables,

and it ends in -y, you change the -y to -i- and add

+ER.

EX.: happy = happier

d) When and adjective or an adverb has two syllables

and it doesn't end in -y, you write MORE before it.

Ex.: common = more common

e) When an adjective or an adverb has more than two

syllables, you write MORE before it.

Ex.: intelligent = more intelligent

f) Irregular adjectives or adverbs.

good / well = better

bad / badly = worse

much / many = more

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little / few = less

far = further / farther (for distance)

old = older / elder (before a noun)

After the comparative form of the adjective or

adverb, and before the second element of the

comparison, you write THAN.

Ex.: Pedro is taller than Susan.

Carol is more beautiful than Lee.

Practice

* Complete the sentences with the correct form of

the adjective or adverb.

a) My house is ____________ (big) than yours.

b) This flower is ____________ (beautiful) than

that one.

c) Non-smokers usually live _________ (long)

than smokers.

d) A holiday by the sea is ____________ (good)

than a holiday in the mountains.

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e) It is strange but often a coke is

_____________ (expensive) than a beer.

f) The weather this summer is even _________

(bad) than last summer.

* Write sentences comparing the pictures:

(clever / stupid)

_____________________________________

(cowar / brave)

______________________________________

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(modern / old-fashioned)

____________________________________

(hard-working / lazy)

______________________________________

(fat / thin)

__________________

__________________

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(safe / dangerous)

______________________

______________________

______________________

Rules for the SUPERLATIVES

a) When an adjective or an adverb has got ONE

syllable, you add +EST.

Ex.: strong = strongest

new = newest

(no matter they end in -e) wise = wisest

b) When an adjective or an adverb has only one

syllable and ends in CONS + VOW + CONS, you

DOUBLE the consonant and add +EST.

Ex.: big = biggest

c) When an adjective or an adverb has two syllables,

and it ends in -y, you change the -y to -i- and add

+EST.

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EX.: happy = happiest

d) When and adjective or an adverb has two syllables

and it doesn't end in -y, you write MOST before it.

Ex.: common = most common

e) When an adjective or an adverb has more than two

syllables, you write MOST before it.

Ex.: intelligent = most intelligent

f) Irregular adjectives or adverbs.

good / well = best

bad / badly = worst

much / many = most

little / few = least

far = furthest / farthest (for distance)

old = oldest / eldest (before a noun)

Before the superlative you always use THE.

Ex.: My brother is the tallest in the class.

Sara is the most intelligent girl I know.

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Practice

* Complete the sentences with the correct form of

the adjective or adverb.

a) Paris is _______________ (beautiful) city in

the world.

b) Chinese is _______________ (difficult)

language.

c) Matusalem was ________________ (old)

person in the world.

d) The USA is _______________ (powerful)

country in the world.

e) My friend is _______________ (good) student

in the class.

* Write sentences comparing the pictures:

(fat / thin)

_____________________

_____________________

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(happy / sad)

_____________________________________

(tall / short)

______________________________________

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