ESL Beginner Dialogue Comparing the City and the Country

Practice Your Descriptive Skills With This Role-Play Exercise

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In English, the comparative is the form of an adjective or adverb that involves a comparison between greater or lesser, more or less. The comparative form changes depending on the adjective you use, but almost all one-syllable adjectives, along with some two-syllable adjectives, add -er to the base to form the comparative.

It's important to learn a wide range of adjectives for the sake of description. A good way to practice this is by comparing the city and the country in a conversation. To describe physical locations as well as the character of the people and places, you'll need to use the comparative form. Use the sample dialogue below to describe the city and the country. Then have your own conversations with others in your class.

The City and the Country

David: How do you like living in a big city?

Maria: I like it so much more than living in the country. There are many things that make it better.

David: Oh, really? Can you give me some examples?

Maria: Well, it certainly is more interesting out in the city than it is in the country. There is so much more to do and see!

David: Yes, but the city is more dangerous than the country.

Maria: That's true. People in the city aren't as open and friendly as those in the countryside, and the streets aren't as safe.

David: I'm sure that the country is more relaxed, too!

Maria: Yes, the city is busier than the country. However, the country feels much slower than the city.

David: I think that's a good thing!

Maria: Oh, I don't. The country is so boring! Being in the country is much more boring than being in the city.

David: How about the cost of living? Is the country cheaper than the city?

Maria: Oh, yes. Living in the city is more expensive than in the country.

David: Life in the country is also much healthier than in the city.

Maria: Yes, it's cleaner and less dangerous in the country. But, the city is so much more exciting. It's faster, crazier and more fun.

David: I think you are crazy for moving to the city.

Maria: Well, I'm young now. Maybe when I'm married and have children I'll move back to the country.

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