Lesson Plan for Comparisons


As a hotel representative you may be asked by a guest to make a comparison between two or more things.
For example a guest may want to know which is a better restaurant for local cuisine or which night club has
a better live band or which beach is the calmest for swimming. In each of these cases you will be using
comparatives and superlatives. Comparatives are used to indicate which of two things is better or worse.
Superlatives are used to indicate which of three or more items is the best or worst.

Comparatives and Superlatives

Comparatives are formed by either adding -er or -ier to the end of a word (Add –er if the word ends in a
consonant. Add -ier if the word ends in a y (change the y to i and add -er) or by adding more or less
before the word. A simple rule to follow when deciding whether to use -er (-ier) or add more or less
if the word is three or more syllables, use more or less. If the word is two syllables or less use -er (-ier ).
This rule is a guide only and some words do not follow it.

big – bigger            small – smaller                              heavy – heavier

busy – busier         beautiful – more beautiful             common – more common

Superlatives are formed by adding -est to the end of the word or by using most or least before the word. The
same syllable rule applies here in deciding to use -est or most or least.

wise – wisest                    fast – fastest                           quiet – quietest

simple – simplest               anxious – most anxious             diligent – most diligent

Dialogue about Making Comparisons

Guest: Which sarong looks better– the blue one or the red one?
Staff: I think the blue one suits you better.

Guest: Which hotel is the best place to stay at in Phuket?
Staff: I think the Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort and Spa is better. It’s a little more expensive, but it’s closer to
    the beach and the facilities and accommodations are much nicer.

Guest: Which do you think is the most convenient form of transportation in Phuket- Tuk Tuk’s or taxis?
Staff: Well Tuk Tuk’s are much easier to find and are a lot cheaper, but taxis are air conditioned.

Guest: Where’s the best place to go to listen to live music in Patong?
Staff: Well that depends on your taste in music. If you like Jazz and the Blues then the Saxophone Pub and
    restaurant is the place to go. If you prefer mellower piano music, then Rico’s Piano Bar may be better.

Guest: Which mall is the best place to buy clothes– Central Festival or Lotus?
Staff: In my opinion, Central Festival has more variety and better quality clothes than Lotus.

Group Activity- Making Comparisons: Appropriate Responses

Divide the class into groups. The teams work together to formulate a response to the items listed below.
After discussion, one of the team members presents the response to the class. The teacher judges which
team presents the best answer based on grammar, language use, and pronunciation.

Comparison between a taxi and a motorcycle taxi

Comparison between authentic local food and local food served in tourist restaurants

The difference between large shopping malls and local traditional open markets

Compare the similarities and differences between living in two cities in your country

Compare two luxury hotels in your area

Other links for Comparisons

Comparing Things
Rules for Comparisons
Making Comparisons
Exercise- Making Comparisons
Making Comparisons Exercises
Comparisons Game


For more ideas about teaching in the hotel industry take a look at

Hotel and Resort English

Making comparisons using comparatives and superlatives- Hotel-tefl.com