5 Qualifying Comparative Adjectives
Use these words and phrases to refer to big differences:
- a lot
- not nearly as ... as
Cars are considerably faster and far more comfortable than bicycles.
Use these words and phrases to refer to small differences: a bit, a little, slightly.
The weather's a bit hotter than it was yesterday.
Use these words and phrases to refer to no differences: just, no.
It's no warmer than it was yesterday.
It's just as cold today as it was yesterday.
1- Regular and Irregular Adverbs
A. The majority of comparative and superlative adverbs are formed like this:
|slowly||more slowly||the most slowly|
B. Irregular adverbs are formed like this:
C. Adverbs which are the same as adjectives:
Other adverbs of this kind include: far, long, loud, straight.
2 The + Comparative + The
This construction links two actions or situations — when one thing happens, another thing follows. A comparative expression in the first clause is balanced by a comparative expression in the second clause. Several grammatical patterns are possible here:
- adjective ... adjective
- The harder a job is, the more rewarding I find it.
- adverb ... adverb
- The sooner we start, the quicker we'll finish.
- adjective ... adverb, or adverb ... adjective
- The easier a job is, the more quickly I do it.
- more (+ noun) ... more (+ noun)
- The more money Jack earned, the more clothes he bought.
- less (+ clause) ... less (+ uncountable noun) / fewer (+ plural countable noun)
- The less Bob earned, the less food / the fewer holidays he could afford.