Comparison Using Comparative Adjectives And Adverbs
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To say that people, things etc are unequal in a particular way, we can use comparative adjectives/adverbs.
- She is older than me.
- Tom is taller than his brothers.
- Iron is more useful than any other metal.
- He is cleverer than her.
- He is cleverer than she is.
- He earns more than I do.
We can use double comparatives (--er and --er or more and more --) to say that something is changing.
- You are getting fatter and fatter.
- We are going more and more slowly.
The + comparative expression + subject + verb
We can use comparatives with the -- the -- to say that things change or vary together. Note the word order in both clauses.
- The more I study, the less I learn. (NOT -- I learn the less.)
- The older I get, the happier I am. (NOT -- I am the happier.)
More can be used with a noun in this structure.
- The more money he makes, the more useless things he buys.
Sections in this article
Degrees of Comparison
Comparison using positive adjectives and adverbs
Comparison using comparative adjectives and adverbs
Comparison using superlative adjectives and adverbs
The difference between comparative and superlative
Degree modifiers with comparatives and superlatives
Comparison of adjectives and adverbs
Pronouns after as and than