Comparing people, objects and places

Physical, ethnical, cultural and mood characteristics

People from different places look different and have different moods. It is important to learn how to describe people by using words that describe their physical and characteristics, this may help you learn and appreciate different cultures and ethnic backgrounds. This can strengthen your tolerance and respect to diversity.

In the following box there is some vocabulary about the most common physical, ethnical and cultural characteristics.

Adjectives, positive, comparative and superlative

To compare objects you can use superlatives in addition to comparative adjectives. Remember that a superlative is a grammatical descriptor for adjectives that imply something surpasses everything else. Notice that the word the precedes the superlative. This can strengthen your tolerance and respect to diversity.

In Grammar Box 3 you will see the degrees of comparison.

“As … as”, “Not as … as”

Sometimes we find objects, people or places that are similar or different in some way. We use “as … as” to say that one person, object of place is equal in characteristics to another. We use “not as … as” to say that two people, things or places are different in some characteristic. Study Grammar Box 4 to learn how to use these structures.

Comparing places

Besides comparing people and objects, you can also compare places considering location, environment, cultural facts and general condition among other aspects.

Check all the Grammar Boxes to recall the rules for the correct use of adjectives, comparatives and superlatives.

Fuente: Secretaría de Educación Pública. (2015). Lengua adicional al español II. Ciudad de México.