Complete the following short texts by writing the appropriate form of the adjective or adverb and adding any other necessary words.

South America, the fourth (1 large) continent in the world, stretches from Point Gallinas on the Caribbean coast to Cape Horn, (2 southerly) point of Horn Island. Among its features are the Andes mountain range which, at over 7,000 kilometers, is (3 long) the distance from London to Bombay, the world’s (4 high) city, La Paz in Bolivia, and one of the world’s (5 important) resources – the Amazonian rainforest. With an area of seven million square kilometers, this is twelve times (6 big) than France. It is a major source of oxygen and is home to half of all known living species, including the anaconda, the world’s (7 heavy) snake, and the two-toed sloth, (8 slow) animal. Parts of Columbia are among the (9 wet) in the world, while the Atacama Desert in Chile, which has an average of only 0.5 mm of rain year, is (10 dry) place on Earth. Spanish is (11 widely spoken) language.

Answer Key
  1. largest
  2. the most southerly
  3. longer than
  4. highest
  5. most important
  6. bigger
  7. heaviest
  8. the slowest
  9. the wettest
  10. the driest
  11. the most widely spoken

Railways have several advantages over road transport. Running on tracks, they use (12 little) fuel than cars or lorries and allow heavy loads to be moved (13 efficiently). Trains can also transport goods passengers at (14 great) average speeds and with (15 few) hold-ups than road transport, making journeys (16 short) and (17 stressful). Rail networks are (18 commonly) used in Japan and Europe than in the USA, and Russia has (19 high) passenger railway usage of all. The (20 fast) scheduled train service in the world is the French TGV’s 254kph journey between Massy and St Pierre.

Answer Key

12. less

13. more efficiently

14. greater

15. fewer

16. shorter

17. less stressful

18. more common

19. the highest

20. fastest

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