Degrees Of Comparison Exercises Class 6 With Answers CBSE – English Grammar

Look at the following sentences:

Naina is a tall girl.
Jolly is taller than Naina.
Saumya is the tallest of the three.

What do you notice in the above sentences? Adjectives change in form (tall, taller, tallest) to show comparison. These three forms are known as the three Degrees of Comparison.

  • The adjective ‘tall’ denotes the simple quality. It is called the Positive Degree.
  • When comparing two objects or persons and saying that one possesses a certain quality in a greater degree than the other, we use the comparative form of the adjective. Thus, the adjective ‘taller’ is the Comparative Degree of tall.
    Note: The Comparative Degree is generally followed by ‘than’.
  • When an object or a person possesses a quality in the greater degree of all that are being compared, then the superlative form of the adjective is used. Thus, the adjective ‘tallest’ is the Superlative Degree of tall.Note: (i) The Superlative form of the adjective is used when we compare more than two objects or persons.
    (ii) The Superlative Degree is preceded by ‘the’ and is generally followed by ‘of.

Formation of Degrees of Comparison

Comparative and Superlative degrees are formed:

(i) by adding ‘-er’ and ‘-est’ to the positive degree; as

Positive Comparative Superlative
bold bolder boldest
short shorter shortest
deep deeper deepest
cold colder coldest
warm warmer warmest
strong stronger strongest
poor poorer poorest
rich richer richest

(ii) by adding only ‘r’ and ‘st’ when the positive ends in ‘e’; as

Positive Comparative Superlative
large larger largest
wise wiser wisest
brave braver bravest
fine finer finest
noble nobler noblest
simple simpler simplest

(iii) by changing ‘y’ into ‘i’ and adding ‘er’ and ‘est’ if positive ends in ‘y’ preceded by a consonant; as

Positive Comparative Superlative
noisy noisier noisiest
ugly uglier ugliest
holy holier holiest
happy happier happiest
pretty prettier prettiest
easy easier easiest

Note: If ‘y’ of a positive degree is preceded by a vowel than ‘y’ remains intact and ‘-er’ and ‘est’ are added to make them Comparative and Superlative; as

Positive Comparative Superlative
grey grayer grayest
gay gayer gayest

(iv) by doubling the final consonant before adding ‘-er’ and ‘est’ if the positive ends in one consonant preceded by a vowel; as

Positive Comparative Superlative
fat fatter fattest
big bigger biggest
hot hotter hottest
thin thinner thinnest
sad sadder saddest
red redder reddest
wet wetter wettest

(v) by placing ‘more’ and ‘most’ before all adjectives of more than two syllables and many adjectives of two syllables; as

Positive Comparative Superlative
intelligent more intelligent most intelligent
beautiful more beautiful most beautiful
dangerous more dangerous most dangerous
famous more famous most famous
popular more popular most popular
handsome more handsome most handsome
pleasant more pleasant most pleasant
expensive more expensive most expensive

(vi) Some adjectives form their Comparative and Superlative in an irregular way; as

Positive Comparative Superlative
good better best
bad worse worst
little less least
far farther farthest
much more most
many more most
late later, latter latest, last

(vii) Double Comparative and double Superlative should be avoided; as

Incorrect : This is more safer place.
Correct : This is a safer place.
Incorrect : He is the most busiest man in the office.
Correct : He is the busiest man in the office.

(viii) The words like senior, junior, superior, inferior are always followed by to instead of than; as

Incorrect : Mr. Sharma is more inferior than me.
Correct : Mr. Sharma is inferior to me.
Incorrect: I am junior than you.
Correct: I am junior to you.
Incorrect : Mr. Sinha is the most superior of all.
Correct : Mr. Sinha is superior to all.

Exercise 1

Fill in the blanks:

Positive Comparative Superlative
Many   ______ most
Happy more famous happiest most famous
bad worse  ______
fat fatter  ______
 ______ gayer gayest
wise  ______ wisest
 ______ thinner thinnest
good  ______ best
far farther  ______


more pleasant


most pleasant







1. more            2. happier          3. famous    4. worst
5. fattest          6. gay                 7. wiser        8. thin
9. better          10. farthest         11. ugliest    12. pleasant
13. less           14. most

Exercise 2

Choose the right word from within the brackets:

  1. He is cleverer ………… me. (than, to)
  2. He is senior ………… me by five years. (than, to)
  3. Reeta is the most intelligent ………… all the students of the class. (than, of)
  4. Choose the ………… (better, best) of the two.
  5. Uttar Pradesh is the ………… populated state of India. (more, most)
  6. Make ………… noise. (little, less)
  7. Shabana is the ………… painter of the two. (good, better)
  8. You are junior ………… me. (than, to)
  9. Health is ………… than wealth. (better, best)
  10. The Taj Mahal is one of the ………… beautiful buildings in the world., (more, most)


1. than         2. to           3. of            4. better
5. most        6. less        7. better      8. to
9. better    10. most

Exercise 3

Fill in the blanks with proper form (Comparative or Superlative) of adjectives.

  1. Kavita is the ____   girl in the class. (good)
  2. Mt. Everest is the ____ mountain peak in the world. (high)
  3. Delhi is ____ than Chennai. (hot)
  4. Diamond is the ____ of all gems. (costly)
  5. Iron is the ____ of all metals. (heavy)
  6. My doll is ____ than yours. (pretty)
  7. Sarita is the ____ girl in the class. (popular)
  8. Africa is the ____ of all the five continents. (hot)
  9. My car is ____ than yours. (expensive)
  10. Rachna is ____ than her sister. (tall)
  11. This photograph is the ____ of the two. (good)
  12. The streets of Karachi are ____ than Mumbai (wide)
  13. He is the ____ runner here. (fast)
  14. Your accent is ____ than mine. (bad)
  15. Lead is ____ than any other metal. (heavy)


1. best                            2. highest        3.  hotter                  4. costliest
5. heaviest                     6. prettier         7.  most popular       8. hottest
9. more expensive       10. taller           11. better                  12. wider
13. fastest                    14. worse        15. heavier


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