Comparatives ESL Games, Worksheets and Activities

Comparative Adjectives

ESL Comparative Adjective Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

This printable comparing adjectives worksheet helps students learn and practice comparative adjectives and comparative sentences with 'than'. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin by categorizing adjectives and writing them in their comparative form. Next, students complete sentences with the comparative form of adjectives + than. Students then move on to rearrange words to form comparative sentences. Lastly, students do a multiple-choice exercise where they choose the correct answer and complete comparative sentences.
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Interactive Version - In this comparatives adjectives interactive worksheet, students complete a range of exercises to help them learn how to form comparative adjectives and make comparative sentences with 'than'.

 

Comparatives Card Game

ESL Comparatives Game - Matching, Speaking and Writing Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 35 minutes

In this free comparatives game, students link nouns together by making comparative sentences with 'than'. Give each pair of students a set of noun cards. The students shuffle the cards and deal them out evenly. One student goes first and puts one of their noun cards face up on the table. The students then take it in turns to put down a noun card and make a comparative sentence with 'than', linking the two nouns together, e.g. 'A car is faster than a bus'. 'A bus is bigger than an elephant', etc. Students can put a card down either before or after the card or card chain on the table, similar to dominoes. Each time a student puts down a card they must use a different comparative adjective. If a student makes a grammar mistake or can't think of a way to link two noun cards together, they miss a turn. This continues back and forth with students linking nouns together with different comparative adjectives. The first student to get rid of all their cards wins the game. When the students have finished, pairs write out the comparative sentences they made. Students then read out their sentences to the class.
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Fun Facts

ESL Comparative Adjectives Game - Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

Here is a fun comparatives game for elementary students to play in class. In the activity, students guess missing comparative adjectives in sentences about fun facts. Divide the students into pairs (A and B). Give each student a corresponding part of the worksheet. Both students have the same sentences, but where they have a comparative adjective in bold, their partner has a gap and vice versa. Student B starts by reading the first sentence and guessing the missing comparative adjective. Student B has three chances to guess the comparative adjective. If Student B’s comparative adjective is the same as what Student A has in bold on their worksheet, Student B scores three points and writes the comparative adjective in the gap. If the guess is wrong, Student B tries again for two points and then for one point. Then, it's Student A's turn to guess the missing comparative adjective in the second sentence and so on. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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Interactive Version - Here is an interactive comparative adjectives breakout room game for students to play in online breakout rooms. In the game, students guess missing comparative adjectives in sentences about fun facts.

 

Think of a Word

ESL Comparatives Game - Writing Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

This free comparative adjectives game is useful for practicing or reviewing comparatives. Divide the students into teams of three or four. Give each team a pen and paper for writing. Write an example noun on the board, e.g. piano. Then, write the following items on the board: 1. Something bigger than a piano. 2. Something smaller than a piano. 3. A verb that goes with piano. 4. A word that comes earlier in the dictionary than piano. 5. A longer word beginning with the same letter. 6. A shorter word beginning with the same letter. 7. An adjective to describe a piano. 8. The opposite of that adjective. Elicit an example answer for each item. Next, write a new noun on the board. The teams then race to write answers for the new word on the board. When a team has completed all the items, check their answers. If the answers are suitable, the team scores a point. The game continues with a different noun being used each round. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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Comparative Clues

ESL Comparatives Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

Here is an engaging comparative adjective game for students to play in class. In the game, students give comparative clues to a partner who tries to guess who or what is being described. Divide the students into pairs (A and B). Give each student a corresponding worksheet. The aim of the game is to help their partner guess the words in bold on their worksheet by giving three clues to them using comparative forms. Before the students begin, they complete three empty boxes at the bottom of the worksheet with their own words and comparative clues. Students then take it in turns to give three comparative clues to their partner. When students are giving clues, they substitute pronouns for the words in bold they are describing, e.g. 'It's more useful than a radio'. Students score one point for each correct guess. The student in each pair with the most points at the end of the game is the winner. When everyone has finished, students read the clues they created themselves to the class. The class then tries to guess who or what is being described.
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Interactive Version - In this comparatives interactive breakout Room activity, pairs of students play a guessing game using comparative forms.

 

Comparatives Survey

ESL Comparatives Activity - Listening, Speaking and Writing - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this free comparatives activity, students conduct a classroom survey where they ask and answer questions using comparatives. Give each student a question card. The students begin by completing the question on the card with the comparative form of the adjective in brackets. The students then go around the class asking the question on their card and recording their classmates' answers on the back, e.g. 'Which country do you think is bigger, Canada or the United States?' Students must answer each question in sentence form, e.g. 'I think that Canada is bigger than the United States'. When the students have spoken to everyone in the class, they write a short summary of their survey results. Finally, the students report back to the class on their findings.
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Fill in the Blank

ESL Comparative Adjective Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

In this entertaining comparatives game, students race to guess missing comparative adjectives in sentences. Give each group of four a set of adjective cards. The students shuffle the cards and place them in a pile face down on the desk. Students take it in turns to pick up a card from the pile, without showing it to anyone. The student then makes a sentence using the comparative form of the adjective on the card, but instead of saying the comparative adjective, the student uses the word 'blank', e.g. 'Cars are 'blank' than bicycles'. The other group members then race to guess the missing comparative adjective. The first student to guess correctly wins and keeps the card. Then, it's the next student's turn to pick up a card and so on. If the students are having a hard time guessing, the student with the card can make other comparative sentences using the adjective to help them guess. The student with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner.
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The Comparison Game

ESL Comparatives Game - Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

This fast-paced comparison game is perfect for practicing comparative sentence structure. Divide the class into two teams (A and B). One student from each team comes to the front of the class. Give the two students two things to compare, e.g. a car and a bus. One student starts and makes a comparative sentence about the two things, e.g. 'A car is faster than a bus'. Then, the other student makes a comparative sentence using a different comparative adjective, e.g. 'A bus is bigger than a car'. This continues back and forth until one student makes a grammar mistake, repeats a comparative adjective, can't think of anything to say or is too slow to answer. The winning student gets a point for their team. Then, a new pair comes up to the front of the class and so on. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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Which bicycle?

ESL Comparatives Activity - Reading, Writing and Listening - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 40 minutes

Here is a comparatives worksheet and information gap activity for students to use in class. In the activity, students compare information about bicycles using comparative adjectives. Divide the students into two equal groups (A and B). Give each student a corresponding worksheet. The students read the paragraph on the worksheet and then fill in a chart with bicycle information from the text. Next, the students pair up with someone from the other group. Students ask their partner about the other people's bikes and complete the chart with the information. Next, give each student a copy of the follow-up worksheet. Students then use the bike information from the first worksheet to make comparative sentences, comparing the bikes. Students begin by writing the comparative form of the adjectives on the worksheet. Students then unscramble comparative sentences using the bicycle information to help them. Finally, students write true sentences to compare the bicycles using the comparative form of the adjectives on the worksheet. As an extension, students compare past or current bicycles, cars, or other possessions with their partner.
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Interactive Version - In this interactive comparatives breakout room activity, students do a pairwork information gap exercise and complete an interactive worksheet where they compare information about bicycles using comparative adjectives.

 

Comparative Adjectives Board Game

ESL Comparatives Board Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (A2-B1) - 30 minutes

In this comparatives board game, students change adjectives into their comparative forms and then use the comparative adjectives to ask and answer conversation questions. Give each pair of students a copy of the game board, a dice and two counters. Students place their counters on the start square. The students then take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a student lands on a square, they change the adjective in the conversation question into its comparative form and then ask the question to their partner. Their partner then answers the question in sentence form, explaining any reasons in more detail. The two students continue taking it in turns to ask and answer the comparative conversation questions until one student reaches the finish. That student wins the game. Afterwards, there is a class feedback session to review the students' answers to the questions.
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Comparative Expressions

ESL Comparative As As Worksheet - Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 45 minutes

In this printable comparatives worksheet, students learn common comparative expressions with 'as … as'. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students complete 12 comparative 'as ... as' expressions on their worksheet with word pairs. When the students have finished, check the answers with the class. Next, divide the students into pairs. The pairs discuss in what situations they might use expressions 1 to 6, and what they think 'it' refers to in expressions 7 to 12. The students write their ideas under the expressions on the worksheet. When everyone has finished, there is a class feedback session to run through the students' ideas and answers. Afterwards, each pair creates a dialogue using four of the comparative expressions from the worksheet and presents it to the class.
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Interactive Version - In this interactive comparatives PDF worksheet, students learn and practice common comparative expressions with 'as ... as'.

 

Comparatives

ESL Comparatives Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

Here is a printable comparatives worksheet to help students practice comparative adjectives and the 'as + adjective + as' comparative structure. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin with a gap-fill exercise where they complete sentences with the comparative form of the adjectives in brackets. Next, the students choose the correct answers in a set of comparative sentences. Students then move on to practice the 'as + adjective + as' comparative structure by writing negative comparative sentences that have the same meaning as the sentences shown. Afterwards, students write positive or negative comparative sentences with 'as + adjective + as', giving their opinion.
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Interactive Version - Here is an interactive PDF comparatives worksheet to help teach students about comparative adjectives and the 'as ... as' comparative form.

 

Which is better?

ESL Comparatives Activity - Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

Here is a rewarding comparatives activity for students to do in class, In the activity, students use comparatives to say which of two things they think is better and why. Give each group of three or four a set of cards. Students take it in turns to pick up a card and ask the other students in the group a 'Which is better, ... or ...? Why?' question from the prompt on the card, e.g. 'Which is better, waking up early or waking up late? Why?' Each student then answers the question using comparative forms. After each student has given their answer, the students discuss the topic before moving on to the next card. If a student picks up an 'or' card, they can ask any 'Which is better...?' question they like. Alternatively, you can personalize the activity by writing local things to compare on these cards. When the students have finished, they give feedback to the class on which things they think are better and why.
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Interactive Version - In this comparatives interactive breakout room activity, groups of students use comparatives to discuss which of two things they think is better and give their reasons why.

 

Comparative Communication

ESL Comparatives Game - Reading, Writing, Speaking Activity - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 30 minutes

Here is a comparative adjectives game for Business English students or adults to play in class on the topic of communication. Divide the students into pairs (A and B). Give each student a corresponding worksheet. Both students have the same sentences on their worksheet, but where one student has a comparative adjective in bold, their partner has a gap and vice versa. Student B starts by reading the first sentence to their partner and guessing the missing comparative adjective. If Student B’s guess is the same as what Student A has in bold on their worksheet, Student B scores three points and writes the comparative adjective in the gap. If the guess is wrong, Student B tries again for two points and then for one point. Then, it's Student A's turn to guess the missing comparative adjective in the second sentence and so on. This continues back and forth until all the sentences have been guessed. The student with the highest number of points at the end of the game is the winner. In pairs, students then discuss whether they agree or disagree with each sentence. Afterwards, students give feedback to the class on their answers.
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Interactive Version - In this interactive comparative adjectives PDF breakout room activity, pairs of students guess missing comparative adjectives in sentences about communication.

 

Comparative Correlative: The ... the

ESL Comparative Correlative Worksheet - Matching, Writing & Speaking Activity - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 25 minutes

This correlative comparisons worksheet helps students review and practice comparative correlative constructions. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by matching comparative correlative clauses together. Next, students rewrite conditional sentences using comparative correlative constructions. After that, students answer questions using short comparative correlative constructions with 'the better' to show their preference. In the last exercise, students work with a partner. The pairs of students choose a topic and take it in turns to make 'The ... the' constructions about the topic until one of them fails to make a correlative comparison. The winning student scores a point. The game continues until all the topics have been used. The student with the most points wins the game.
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