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Learn about Comparative Adjectives

 

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Julie is short. (adjective)

Julie is shorter than Maria. (comparative)

We use an adjective to describe something. We use a comparative adjective (with than)to compare different things.




How to make Comparative Adjectives


Short (one-syllable) Adjectives
RuleAdjectiveComparative
One-syllable adjectives+ erlong
old
longer
older
Adjectives ending in -e+ rlarge
nice
larger
nicer
Adjectives ending in vowel + consonant+ consonant + erbig
hot
bigger
hotter

Long (two or more syllable) Adjectives
RuleAdjectiveComparative
Adjectives ending in -yremove y
+ ier
pretty
funny
prettier
funnier
All other adjectivesmore + adjectiveboring
tiring
more boring
more tiring

There are also some irregular adjectives to remember:

good - better, bad - worse, far - further


Don't forget: you should use than to compare two things.

My sister is prettier than Angelina Jolie.



Comparatives: Advanced Points


We can use two comparatives together to talk about two things which change at the same time. The structure is "the + comparative + subject + verb, the + comparative + subject + verb".

The earlier I wake up, the more tired I feel.


Comparative adjective exercises

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