The … the … comparatives

Grammar points » B1+ – Upper-intermediate Grammar

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, .

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 spent with their children, have in adulthood.

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

10, the less the vaccine will hurt.


Thethe … comparatives

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. 

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.

Or you can use a subject + verb preceded by more or less without 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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