Exercise 2

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

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1 ______, the more you realise life isn't about how you look.
a.
b.
c.
d.
2 The more he talks, ______ how stupid he is.
a.
b.
c.
d.
3 Research shows ______ about getting a good job, the better you do in school
a.
b.
c.
d.
4 ______, the easier it is to beat the competition.
a.
b.
c.
d.
5 Studies suggest ______ at work, the more productive you become.
a.
b.
c.
d.

 

 

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.’