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  • The … the … comparatives

    Exercise 1

    Choose the correct forms to complete the following thethe… comparatives.

    1The you have, the more you want.

    2 you are, the fewer cardiovascular problems you will have.

    3, the more accurate my answers are.

    4The more admired a person is,  he or she becomes.

    5A: 'Do you like strong coffee?'   B: 'Yes, I do. .

    6, the more productive you will be.

    7 you consume, the more exercise you need to do to burn them.

    8The more time parents can spend with their children, have in adulthood.

    9I want to buy a big TV. The , the better.

    10, the less the vaccine will hurt.


  • The … the … comparatives

    Comparative adjective or adverb

    We can repeat the structure: the + comparative + subject + verb to mean that one thing depends on another or that two variable quantities are related.

    • The healthier you eat, the better you feel. 
    • The harder he works, the more stressed he is. 

    Note that when we have the verb be in this structure, we can omit it.

    • The longer the wait, the more agitated the people become. 
    • =The longer the wait is, the more agitated the people become. 

    The more/the less + noun

    You can also use a noun in the same structure instead of an adjective or adverb.

    •  The more exercise you do, the fitter you get.
    • The less carbohydrates you consume, the healthier you will be.

    The more/the less + clause

    Or you can use the more/the less + subject + verb instead of using an adjective or noun.

    • The more you read, the wiser you get. 
    • The more you know, the less you need to say. 


    The … the better

    We can use the structure the + comparative adjective, the better to express preference in relation to the quantity or quality of something.

    • Please, call me soon. The sooner, the better
    • A: ‘Isn’t this fridge too big?’   B: ‘No, the bigger, the better.’ 
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