Choose the correct forms to complete the following the… the… comparatives.
The … the … 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.’