Responding practice

Now practise using comparative and superlative structures along with other relevant language to answer these Part Three questions. The questions relate to the topic card you saw in the previous exercise. Play the audio files to hear the questions. NB There is no sample answer for this exercise.  

Further practice

Now practise all of these skills. Click the link below to get started!

Video: Using adverbs to compare

Narration: Using adverbs to compare. We can also use comparatives and superlatives when using adverbs. The majority are formed in the following way. As with adjectives there are some irregular adverbs as we can see here. Some adverbs are the same as the adjective form, like these. When you are ready, continue to the next … Read more

Video: Expressing and comparing quantity

Narration: Expressing and comparing quantity. There are a number of words that you can use to express and compare quantity. However, there are slight differences between them. A little. We use this with uncountable nouns. The meaning is some but not much. Here is an example sentence. A few. We use this with plural countable … Read more

Video: Qualifying words and other ways to compare

Narration: Qualifying words and other ways to compare. We can use qualifying words to give more specific information about a comparison. Here are some qualifying words. Consider this sentence. We know that the speaker’s brother is taller than the speaker; however, we can give even more information by including a qualifying word. Using ‘slightly’ tells … Read more

Video: Comparisons

Narration: Making comparisons. In IELTS writing and speaking you need to show the examiner that you can express yourself using a variety of structures. In Part Three you could be asked a question like this, which would require you to make comparisons. In other parts of the IELTS speaking test you are often required to … Read more

Summary of this lesson

In this lesson you should have learned… how comparatives and superlatives can be useful in the IELTS test how to form comparatives correctly how to be more expressive using qualifying words other ways of comparing how to use adverbs to make comparisons practice of comparison language in IELTS speaking Return to the Unit Menu

Essential vocabulary for this lesson

To complete this lesson, you will need to know the following vocabulary. When you are sure you know all the words, continue to the next page. SUPERLATIVE COMPARATIVE SIGNIFICANT PLURAL QUALIFYING WORD