Exercise 2

Choose the correct comparative adjectives to complete these sentences.

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1 My brother is older than _____.

a.
b.
c.

2 We are better _____.

a.
b.
c.

3 Travelling by bus is _____ travelling by car.

a.
b.
c.

4 The last test was more difficult than this test. This test is _____.

a.
b.
c.

5 This exam was _____ the last one.

a.
b.
c.

 

 

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. 

 

Grammar chart

 
In this chart you can see when we need to use more … than or -er than and the changes in spelling.
 
Comparative adjectives
 

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. I 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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