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Comparative Adjective - English Grammar

Comparative Adjective are used to compare the differences between 2 nouns.

Note: Superlative adjectives are used to compare 3 or more nouns.

Examples:

  • The black dog is older, than the white dog.
  • My house is bigger than my sister's house.
  • The yellow hat is more expensive, than the green hat.

Rules for using comparative adjectives

  • "Than" is usually used after the comparative adjective. -er is added to the end of a 1-syllable adjective.

    • cold - colder - The winter is colder than the summer.
    • small - smaller - The green hat is smaller than the yellow hat.
    • tall - taller - Most basketball players are taller than me.
  • Adjectives that have 2 syllables and end in - y, then change the -y to -i and add -er.

    • early - earlier - I came home earlier than my sister.
    • happy - happier - I am happier now than 1 year ago.
  • "more" or "less" is used for adjectives that have 2 syllables that do not end in -y.

    • honest - more honest - Police officers are usually more honest than criminals.
    • difficult - less difficult - The last test was less difficult than the test today.
    • modern - more modern - Our generation is more modern than our parents generation.
  • "more" or "less" is used for adjectives that have 3 or more syllables.

    • expensive - less expensive - My car is less expensive than my sister's car.
    • comfortable - more comfortable - The sofa is more comfortable than the chair.
  • Adjectives that end in -e, only -r is added.

    • nice - nicer - The beach is nicer than that park.
    • safe - safer - Airplanes are safer than cars.
  • Adjective that end in with a consonant, vowel, consonant - the last consonant is doubled.

    • big - bigger - My house is bigger than my sisters house.
    • hot - hotter - The summer is hotter than the winter.

What is an adjective?

Using 2 or more adjectives together

Adjective & Nouns

Comparative Adjectives

Structure of Comparative Adjectives

Superlative Adjectives

Formation Superlative Adjectives

Adjective Order

Adjectives With Verbs