Comparative degree More - Than

Comparative adjectives compare one person or thing with another. Use the structure More + adjective + than to say that a person or thing has more of a particular quality.

Notes

Comparative adjectives are used to compare differences between the two people, animals or objects. When one of them has more of a quality than the other, use the structure More + adjective + than.

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Comparative degree More ... than - Video

WATCH THE VIDEO AND REPEAT:

SUSAN IS FASTER THAN TOM AND SUSAN IS HAPPIER THAN TOM.

SUSAN AND TOM LIKE VIDEO GAMES,

BUT THEY KNOW THAT HOMEWORK IS MORE HELPFUL THAN GAMES."

More ... than

If we want to compare one thing with another, we use MORE + adjective + THAN when one of them has more of a quality than the other.

Examples:

  • Mary is MORE intelligent THAN Tom.
  • This book is MORE interesting THAN the other one.
  • The blue dress in MORE expensive THAN the red dress.

 

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Adjective + ER

To form the comparative, we use the -ersuffix with adjectives of one syllable.

Adjective + ER

Examples: 

  • Tom is tallER than Susan.
  • Susan is shortER than Tom.

 

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Other forms

Two-syllable adjectives ending in Y change y to IER:

  • Easy → EasIER
  • Dirty → DirtIER
  • Happy → HappIER
  • Heavy → HeavIER

Adjectives ending in E add R:

  • Simple → SimpleR
  •  Nice → NiceR

Adjectives with one vowel + one consonant double the final consonant and add ER:

  • Big → BigGER
  • Thin → ThinNER
  • Fat → FatTER

 

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Irregular comparatives

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Some one-syllable adjectives have irregular comparative forms:

  • Good → Better
  • Bad → Worse
  • Little → Less
  • Far → Farther

Learn how to use More ... than

Learn how to form comparative adjectives and how to use More + adjective + than.

 

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