Degrees of Comparison

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The following post contains solutions/answers to NBSE Class 10 Alternative English exercises of the grammar chapter/topic “Degrees of Comparision”. Attempts have been made to provide the correct solutions to all the exercises, however, if you notice any error, let us know. We’ll review and make corrections.

Definition: Degrees of Comparison is used when we compare one person or one thing with another. Like if you are comparing two students in your class to find out who is the best, the word ‘best’ is a degree. There are three Degrees of Comparison, the Positive degree, the Comparative degree and the Superlative degree.

Rules:

  • When we are not comparing a person or thing with anyone or anything, we use Positive degree. Eg. He is a good student.
  • Comparative adjectives are used to compare two similar things and they are followed by ‘than’. Eg. He is a better student than her.
  • Superlative adjectives are used to compare similar things that are more than two in number. The Superlative adjective takes the definite article ‘the’ before it. Eg. He is the best student in the class.

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A. Look at the picture and fill in the blanks using the correct degree of comparison with the words tall and short.

1. Akhevi is the ____ boy.

2. Kekhrie is the ____ boy.

3. George is ____ than Kekhrie.

4. Yanren is ____ than Akhevi.

5. George is ____ than Ali.

6. Ali is ____ than Yanren.

7. Ali is ____ than George.

8. Kekhrie is ____ than Yanren.

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B. Fill in the blanks with the correct form of the adjectives in brackets.

1. Vivor is the ____ boy in the class. (tall)

2. I am ____ than my friend. (old)

3. My bag is ____ than his. (small)

4. Azi runs than ____ Avelu. (fast)

5. Of the three students, Naro is the ____. (old)

6. Stones are ____. (heavy)

7. Rocks are ____ than stones. (heavy)

8. Boulders are the ____. (heavy)

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C. Tick the correct answers.

1. Which boy is ____? Henilo or Kholi?

2. Indian cooking has some of ____ dishes in the world.

3. Chinget is ____ boy in the class.

4. That is ____ song I have ever heard.

5. The Nile is ____ river in the world.

6. It is cool here but it is ____ hilly regions.

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D. Fill in the blanks with the correct forms of comparison.

1. This town is just as ____ (large) as my native town.

2. The speech was ____ (long) than we had expected.

3. Mimi is very ____ (intelligent).

4. The second book was ____ (boring) than the first one.

5. The shop is ____ (far) than the school.

6. Sorhuto is ____ (smart) than Hiabe.

7. The heat is less ____ (harmful) than the cold.

8. The weather today is ____ (bad) than the weather yesterday.

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E. Tick the correct word to complete the sentence.

1. The story was ____ I have ever heard.

2. They were less ____ than we were.

3. The movie was ____ than I expected.

4. The boy is the ____ runner of all.

5. The cake is just as ____ as the ice cream.

6. Planes are ____ means of travel of all.

7. A lamp gives ____ light than a candle.

8. This blanket is ____ than that one.

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F. Write the comparative and superlative forms of the adjectives.

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G. Write the correct form of the adjectives in the brackets.

1. The route was ____ (long) than we had expected.

2. This picture is ____ (colourful) than that one.

3. Aroba is ____ (fast) runner in the school.

4. The film was ____ (interesting) as the book.

5. Some of these sweets are ____ (tasty) than the rest.

6. This blanket is ____ (warm).

7. The weather today is ____ (bad) than yesterday.

8. The park is ____ (far) than the shop.

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H. Rewrite the following sentences using a different degree of comparison.

1. Mala said that she had never tasted a better cake than this.
Mala said __________

2. Her brother is not as talented as her.
She is __________

3. No other building in this area is as tall as the shopping complex.
The shopping complex is __________

4. No other boy in the class is as smart as Paul.
Paul is __________

5. The other jewels in the box were not as valuable as the pearl necklace.
The pearl necklace is __________

6. Her cousins are not as friendly as her.
She is __________

7. No other blanket I have owned is softer than this.
This blanket is __________

8. The daisies don’t look as pretty as the roses.
The roses __________

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I. Choose the correct words and complete the following sentences.

1. No other girl is as ____ as Jandeno. (tall / taller / tallest)

2. Milk is ____ than any other food. (nourishing / more nourishing/ most nourishing)

3. Few English writers were as ____ as Shakespeare. (great / greater / greatest)

4. Silver is not as ____ as gold. (precious / more precious / most precious)

5. Ashoka was a ____ king. (greater / great / greatest)

6. That was the ____ trip ever. (bad / worse / worst)

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J. Complete the second sentence with the right form of the underlined word in the first sentence.

1. This is a pretty rose. It’s much ____ than the one in my garden.

2. She is a talented girl. In fact I think she is the ____ girl in the whole school.

3. That was an interesting book but this one seems ____ than that one.

4. Joe is a funny boy. He is the ____ person I have ever known.

5. Atoli is ten years old. Samzai is twelve, so Samzai is ____.

6. This is a good place to rest. But don’t you think that place is ____?

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K. Correct the following sentences.

1. This bicycle is the oldest than that one.

2. The girl was young than the others, but she was the cleverer student in the class.

3. The stars look biggest when you look at them through a telescope.

4. This is the delicious meal I have had in days.

5. The kitten looks fat than it did last month.

6. Shreya’s handwriting is neatest than Priya’s.

7. This book on mathematics is good than the other one.

8. His cold became bad than it was yesterday.

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L. Tick the correct word to complete the sentence.

1. Honesty is the ____ policy.

2. He is ____ than the others.

3. This sum was ____ to solve.

4. Tom is ____ than his brother.

5. This spider is the ____ of all.

6. Ooty is as ____ as Kodaikanal.

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M. Complete the paragraph by using the correct form of the words in brackets.

That evening, I went to bed ____ (sleepy) than usual. In the middle of the night, I heard a ____ (loud) crash in the drawing-room and woke up with a start. Since the night lamp wasn’t working, my room looked ____ (dark) than it did on other nights. With my heart beating ____ (fast) than usual, I tried to find my way. Seconds later, I heard a faint noise. My ____ (bad) fears came true when I saw something white crawling on the floor. I screamed in my ____ (high) pitch, as my sister came rushing out from the ____ (near) room.

After the lights were switched on, we realised that the cat had somehow managed to climb atop the ____ (high) shelf in the drawing-room. From there, it had dropped the ____ (expensive) vase we had in our collection. As for the white object on the floor, turns out that the cat had managed to tangle itself in the white dusting cloth after it made a ____ (quick) jump from the shelf. Everyone had a ____ (good) laugh, but now I knew ____ (good). The next day, I went to the market to have the night lamp repaired at the ____ (early).

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