Business Writing Comparatives Game

Level: Intermediate

Topic: General

Grammar Topic: Comparatives & Superlatives

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Business Writing Genres Comparative Adjectives guessing game 
Worksheet 1 
Student A 

Read the sentences below to your partner without the word in the gap. Can they guess 
the missing word or words? 

 
1. 

Writing an email is ________________ than writing a letter. (quicker) 

 
2. 

Sending a postcard is ________________ than sending a letter. (cheaper) 

 
3. 

Minutes written in shorthand are ___________________ to read than minutes 

written in longhand. (more difficult) 
 
4. 

A message left on your answer machine is __________________ to ignore than a 

note stuck on your computer’s screen. (easier) 
 
5. 

The paper you print out a memo on is usually _______________ than the paper 

you write a note on (bigger) 
 
6. 

In my country, sending texts is ____________________ than sending emails 

(more popular) 
 
7. 

Using emoticons is ___________________ than using abbreviations and 

acronyms. (friendlier) 
 
8. 

Writing an SMS with your thumb is ____________ than writing an email on a 

computer keyboard. (slower) 
 
9. 

Cancelling a meeting by texting someone is _______________ than cancelling a 
meeting by leaving an answer on their answer machine. (worse) 

 

How many of your partner’s sentences can you remember? Do you agree with all of 
them? 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007 

 

Business Writing Genres Comparative Adjectives guessing game 
Worksheet 1 
Student B 
 

Read the sentences below to your partner without the word in the gap. Can they guess 
the missing word or words? 

 
1. 

A polite email to a client is usually ________________ than an informal email to 

a colleague. (longer) 
 
2. 

An SMS is usually ________________    than an email. (shorter) 

 
3. 

Sending a letter is ___________________ than sending an email. (more 

romantic) 
 
4. 

A memo is ____________________________________ than a company newsletter. 

(more important) 
 
5. 

BCCing someone is ___________________________ than CCing someone (more 

private). 
 
6. 

Sending a signed contract by bicycle courier is _____________________ than 

faxing a signed contract. (more official) 
 
7. 

Typing up the minute of a meeting is ___________________ than writing a 

report (more boring) 
 
8. 

People who send very short emails with lots of abbreviations, acronyms and 

emoticons are usually ______________________ than people who write out everything in 
full (busier) 
 
9. A note is ______________________________ than a memo (shorter) 
 
 

How many of your partner’s sentences can you remember? Do you agree with all of 
them? 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007 

 

Business Writing Genres Comparative Adjectives guessing game 
Worksheet 2- Comparative adjectives practice 

Without looking at Worksheet 1, try to fill the gaps in the table below: 

Adjective Comparative 

Adjective 

Quick Quicker 
Cheap  
Short  
Long  
Slow  
Big  
Difficult  
Boring  
Romantic  
Important  
Private  
Official  
Popular  
Easy  
Busy  
Friendly  
Bad  

Check your answers on Worksheet 1 

 

Match the following rules about forming comparative adjectives with the examples 
above: 

1.  Adjectives ending in –y always change to –ier 
2.  Other short (one syllable) adjectives are made into comparative adjectives by adding 

–er 

3.  Short (one syllable) adjectives ending in just one vowel (a, e, i, o or u) and one 

consonant (b, c, etc.) double the last consonant (bb, cc etc.) and add -er 

4.  Longer adjectives are made into comparatives with the word more- 
5.  A few adjectives are irregular and don’t follow any of these rules 
 

Use these rules to make the comparatives of these adjectives: 

safe, early, common, hot 

 
Check your answers on Worksheet 3 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007 

 

Business Writing Genres Comparative Adjectives guessing game 
Worksheet 3- Comparative adjectives table 
 

Test each other in pairs on the spelling and pronunciation of the comparative adjectives 
in the table 

 
Tall 
Small 
Large 
Fast 
Old 
Long 
Short 
Safe 
High 

Taller 
Smaller 
Larger 
Faster 
Older 
Longer 
Shorter 
Safer 
Higher 

Big 
Hot 
Wet 
Sad 
Thin 

Bigger 
Hotter 
Wetter 
Sadder 
Thinner 

Early 
Healthy 
Sunny 
Dirty 
Dry 
Hungry 

Earlier 
Healthier 
Sunnier 
Dirtier 
Drier 
Hungrier 

Comfortable 
Boring 
Interesting 
Expensive 
Dangerous 
Popular 
Common 
Generous 

More comfortable 
More boring 
More interesting 
More expensive 
More dangerous 
More popular 
More common 
More generous 

 
 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007