Adjectives and intensifiers

We use adjectives to describe nouns. Most adjectives can be used in front of a noun…:

They have a beautiful house.
We saw a very exciting film last night.

 or after a link verb like be, look or feel:

Their house is beautiful.
That film looks interesting.

Right or wrong?

 Last night I saw a  programme very funny on TV

  1. They have two wonderful children
  2. I didn’t know his mother French was
  3. This food smells revolting!
  4. We’ve just brought a brand new car
  5. I’m going to build a swimming pool very big

Comparative and superlative adjectives

 We use comparative adjectives to describe people and things:

 This car is certainly better but it’s much more expensive.

I’m feeling happier now.

We need a bigger garden

 We use than when we want to compare one thing with another:

 She is two years older than me.

New York is much bigger than Boston.

He is a better player than Ronaldo.

France is a bigger country than Britain.

When we want to describe how something or someone changes we can use two comparatives with and:

The balloon got bigger and bigger.

Everything is getting more and more expensive.

Grandfather is looking older and older.

We often use the with comparative adjectives to show that one thing depends on another:

When you drive faster it is more dangerous

> The faster you drive, the more dangerous it is.

When they climbed higher it got colder

> The higher they climbed, the colder it got.

Superlative adjectives:

We use the with a superlative:

It was the happiest day of my life.

Everest is the highest mountain in the world.

That’s the best film I have seen this year.

I have three sisters, Jan is the oldest and Angela is the youngest .


big    cheap    cold    fat    good    loud    old   small    young  thin  icy


  1. As more people arrived the crowd got —————————
  2. As you get older, policemen seem……………………………….
  3. As we eat more we get ———————————————–
  4. In winter when the temperature plummets we get ———–
  5. If you turn up the volume, the music get louder

Now form one sentence using each of the comparatives you did not use in the list above.



We use words like very, really and extremely to make adjectives stronger:

It’s a very interesting story
Everyone was very excited.
It’s a really interesting story.
Everyone was extremely excited

We call these words intensifiers. Other intensifiers are:







We also use enough to say more about an adjective, but enough comes after its adjective:

If you are seventeen you are old enough to drive a car.
I can’t wear those shoes. They’re not big enough.

Intensifiers with strong adjectives:

Strong adjectives are words like:

enormous, huge = very big
tiny = very small
brilliant = very clever
awful; terrible; disgusting; dreadful = very bad
certain = very sure
excellent; perfect; ideal; wonderful; splendid = very good
delicious = very tasty

We do not normally use very with these adjectives. We do not say something is “very enormous” or someone is “very brilliant“. 

With strong adjectives, we normally use intensifiers like:

absolutely completely totally utterly
really exceptionally particularly quite

The film was absolutely awful.
He was an exceptionally brilliant child.
The food smelled really disgusting.








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