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  • Comparative adjectives – older than, more important than, etc.

    Exercise 3

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

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

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

    3Marseille is much (hot) Paris.

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

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

    6The novel is much (interesting) the film.

    7Canadians are (rich) in the past.

    8This summer was (wet) last summer.

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

    10Sorry, 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. 

    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.)
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