Exercise 3

Write comparative adjectives using the adjectives in brackets. Include than when necessary

1 I like the black sofa, but I think the brown sofa is (comfortable).

2 This bar is (noisy) the bars in my street.

3 Marseille is much (hot) Paris.

4 The helicopter was loud, but the ambulance was (loud).

5 Do you think Manchester United is (good) Manchester City this year?

6 The novel is much (interesting) the film.

7 Canadians are (rich) in the past.

8 This summer was (wet) last summer.

9 I liked the old version of the game, but the new version is much (exciting).

10 Sorry, 8 o'clock is very late. Can we meet a bit (early)?



Comparative adjectives

We use more + adjective + than or adjective + -er than to compare things or people.

  • My car is more expensive than your car. 
  • I am older than my brother. 


Grammar chart

In this chart you can see when we need to use more … than or -er than and the changes in spelling.
Comparative adjectives

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Two things

We use the comparative form of an adjective to compare two things.

  • Luke is taller than Mathew.
  • This armchair is more comfortable than the sofa.


less … than

When we compare two things, we can also use the form less + adjective + than (less ≠ more).

  • Peter is less popular than Marta. (= Marta is more popular than Peter.)


than me

If we use a personal pronoun after than we need an object pronoun (me, you, him, etc.).

  • My sister is taller than me.
  • His sister is more intelligent than him.


much/a bit + more

Before the comparative (more or –er) we can use much (=big difference) or a bit (=small difference).

  • He’s a bit taller than me.
  • Switzerland is much more expensive than Italy.


Common mistakes!


more or -er

We use more or –er, but we cannot use more + -er.

  • My brother is taller than me. (NOT My brother is more taller that me.)


more than (NOT that)

After a comparative adjective, we use than and NOT that.

  • My brother is taller than me. (NOT My brother is taller that me.)


than + second element of the comparison

We use than + the second thing that we are comparing. When we don’t mention the second element of the comparison, we do NOT use than.

  • My brother is taller than me.
  • I am tall, but my brother is taller. (NOT my brother is taller than.)