English for Speakers of Other Languages

10. Compare & Contrast

Level: Beginner/Early Intermediate

Corresponding State Language Forms

Single words or phrases in response to concrete comparison questions

Sentences with subject/verb/adjective showing similarities and differences

(Introduction of comparative phrases: er + than, more+ than, less = than)

At the end of this language function, students will be able to...

  • Describe the similarities and differences of two or more objects
  • Compare and contrast people, places and things

Sample Language Patterns:

Describe similarities and differences of two or more objects:
  • Do ___ (noun) have ___ (article + noun)?
  • Does _____( pronoun) have ____ ( article + noun)?
  • What is the difference between a/an ___(noun) and (noun?
  • she/ he/ it is ______ (adjective + er/ more + than) ______ my brother.
Compare and contrast people places and things:
  • How are ___ (noun) and ___ (noun) the same?
  • ___ (noun) and ___ (noun) are both ___ (adjective).
  • ___ (noun) and ___ (noun) both have ___ (noun).
  • ___ (possessive pronoun) ___ (noun) is ___ (adjective).
  • ___ (possessive pronoun) ___ (noun) has ___ (adjective).
  • They both are ___ (adjective). They both have ___ (noun).
  • What do you like about ___?
  • I have/want/like etc…
  • I like ___ (article + noun). It is _____ (adjective + er/ more + than).
  • I don’t like ___ (adjective) ___ (noun). They are ____(less + adjective + than).