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Exercise 3. Use the adjective in the comparative or superlative degree.
1. They had dined well and were now drinking hard... their faces getting __ and __ (red, red) (Priestley) 2. Was there anything in the world __ than indecision? (bad) (Galsworthy) 3. He was only five years __ than I was, which made him forty-five, (young) (Snow) 4. He loved his brother and he had done his brother what people seemed to consider __ of wrongs, (bitter) (Greene) 5. __ sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them, (bad) (Shaw) 6. He had been a great fencer, before the war, __ fencer in Italy, (great) (Hemingway) 7. She is stopping at one of __ hotels in town, (good) (Saroyan) 8. Difficult to believe it was so long ago, he felt young still! Of all his thoughts this was __, __ With his white head and his loneliness he had remained young and green at heart, (poignant, bitter) (Galsworthy) 9. She received congratulations as if she were __ of women, (happy) (Hansford Johnson) 10. Kate remembered the little general; he was a good deal __ than herself, (small) (Lawrence) .11. I think we'll resume the conversation when you're a little __, Caroline, (calm) (Maugham) 12. They had never made __ pretence of believing him. (little) (Greene) 13. Things went from bad to __ (bad) (Saroyan) 14. He took his trinkets, carried them to the __ pawnshop he could find, and being offered forty-five dollars for the lot, took it. (presentable) (Dreiser) 15. He felt her breathing grow — and __ (slow, easy) (Cusdck) 16. To be ashamed of his own father is perhaps __ experience a young man can go through. (bitter) (Galsworthy) 17. It's __ in here than it is on the street. (hot) (Salinger) 18. I think you're about __ girl in school, (pretty) (/. Shaw)19. All his life he had taken pains to be __, __ than his fellows, (strong, brave) (Saroyan) 20. From that moment may be dated the downfall of __ and __ of the Indian nations, that existed within the limits of the present United States, (great, civilized) (Cooper) 21. Mr. Micawber, under pretence of showing me a __ way than that by which I had come, accompanied me to the corner of the street, (near) (Dickens) 22. He would walk here and there and be no __ than an ant in an ant hill, (conspicuous) (Greene) 23. We slept in a double-bedded room, which was __ that the little country inn could do for us. (good) (Conan Doyle) 24. This is Sam Penty one of our __ artists, (good) (Priestley)
Exercise 4. Translate into English.
1. Киев — более древний город, чем Москва; это один из древнейших городов России. 2. В XVI веке Испания была самой могущественной державой мира. 3. Волга длиннее Днепра; это самая длинная река Европы. 4. Ватикан — самое маленькое государство в Европе. 5. Одной из важнейших проблем сегодняшнего дня является установление прочного и длительного мира. 6. Условия жизни трудящихся в странах социалистического лагеря значительно лучше, чем в странах капиталистического лагеря. 7. Можно надеяться, что в ближайшем будущем культурные связи с Англией будут еще более тесными. 8. Точка кипения (the boiling point) спирта ниже точки кипения воды. 9. Платина тяжелее золота; это один из самых тяжелых металлов. 10. Утро было прекрасное, но к вечеру погода стала хуже, ветер усилился, и темные тучи покрыли небо.
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