Degrees of Comparison | Special structures used for comparing

We use the comparative to compare one person, thing, action or group with another person, thing etc. We use the superlative to compare somebody/something with the whole group that he/she/it belongs to.

Some special structures used for comparing are explained here.

All / any / none the + comparative

In this structure the means 'by as much'.

Three / four times + comparative

The structure three / four times + comparative can be used instead of three / four times as much as.

Note that twice and half cannot be followed by the structure times + comparative. Instead, we use the structures twice as…as and half as…as.

Pronouns after as and than

In an informal style, object pronouns (me, him, them, her, us) are used after as and than. In a more formal style, subject pronouns (I, he, they, she, we) are used usually with verbs.

In this structure the subject pronoun is unusual if it is not followed by a verb.

Infinitives after superlatives

We often use the infinitive after a superlative. This structure has the same meaning as a relative clause.

This structure is also possible after first, last and next.

Non-assertive words after superlatives

Non-assertive words like ever, yet and any are not normally used in affirmative clauses. However, they can follow comparatives and superlatives.

Sections in this article

The simple present tense
The present progressive tense
The present perfect tense
The present perfect progressive tense
Present tenses to talk about the future
The simple past tense
The past progressive tense
The past perfect tense
The past perfect progressive tense
Past verb forms with present or future meaning
The simple future tense
The future progressive tense
The future perfect tense

See also

Common mistakes in the use of nouns
Common mistakes in the use of nouns | Exercise 1
Common mistakes in the use of nouns | Exercise 2
Common mistakes in the use of nouns | Exercise 3

More CBSE English Grammar worksheets

Passive voice worksheet | Simple past tense
Passive voice worksheet | Past continuous tense
Passive voice worksheet | Simple future tense
Passive voice worksheet | Future perfect tense


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