Questions tagged [comparative]

The form of an adjective or adverb used to compare two or more things. English comparatives are formed with the suffixes -er/-est or the words more/most.

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What is the difference between “acoustic” and “audio”?

What is the difference between "acoustic" and "audio"? Background: When I think of the class of data in the binary computer file, I don't know the difference. One of my coworkers asserts that it is ...
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Much more/ much less

There is a question in our grammar book that goes like this: Her husband, a plumber's assistant, earns only 300 dollars a month, which makes it very difficult for her to feed and clothe her ...
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Usage of twice and two times with “size”

Below are taken from a grammar book. a) The Earth is about **four times as big as** the moon. = The Earth is about **four times bigger than** the moon. b) The Earth is about twice as big as ...
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Comparison of equality used as Adjunct - As good/happy as

I came across this sentence in A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini: As happy as she was about this pregnancy, his expectation weighed on her. I was trying to parse this sentence and was ...
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IPL should be more of cricket and less of entertainment. 'Less' or 'lesser'?

Should I use 'less' or lesser in the above statement? Is it possible to use two different degrees of comparison in the same sentence? Is there any exception?
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Usage and explanation of “no more … than”

The spirited defense of 2 Live Crew was no more about defending the entire black community than the prosecution was about defending black women The first part of the sentence is clear that "X is no ...
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Comparative - dollars became more valuable as toilet paper than currency

New Zimbabwe dollars became more valuable as toilet paper than currency. I saw this sentence in an English exam. Is it a correct sentence? It seems to me that new Zimbabwe dollars is compared with ...
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Adverbs in comparative degree and anyone or everybody rules

1 question. Can you please help to understand the use of adverb in this sentence structure and which one is correct!? Open the brackets: 1. A turtle moves.... (slow) than a rabbit. Which one is ...
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Any more+comparitive+than

I heard a person saying, “That place is not any more riskier than this place”. (And it wasn’t about time- like how it has changed from earlier to now) I thought it’s grammatically incorrect to say so. ...
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Is it “more just” or “juster”?

I was recently writing a sentence and added the words "more just", only for my extension Grammarly to flag the phrase and suggest "juster" instead. Is "juster" really a comparative form of "just"? If ...
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Do -ist words (e.g. racist) have superlative or comparative forms?

Do -ist words (e.g. racist, sexist, etc.) have superlative or comparative forms?
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How much shorter are your hands than mine?

or How much more expensive is your phone than mine? Are those questions well-formed? Do i have to use much here?
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Blurrier or more blurry?

I am not sure about this particular word, the sentence is the following 'Increase it for more blurry(ier) effect.'
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Are both correct? The higher the priority

The earlier the request is made, the higher the priority it will be given. The earlier the request is made, the higher priority it will be given. Seems like 2 is more common than 1. I would like to ...
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It wasn't as good as it is (now)

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language says this (Page 1119): Temporal contrasts The main contrast may be a matter of time, expressed by tense: [38] i It is better than [it was]....
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How to use “size “ when we are comparing?

1)Mercury is a third of the size of our planet. I think it means that Mercury is one-third of Earth. How is the structure? 2)Two cities which are next to Kuala Lumpur in size are Tretes and Seleta. ...
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Single word for 'less expensive' [closed]

Is there a good single word for 'less expensive'? I often see people using 'cheap' to describe it, but I feel it does not express the intention. For example, I prefer to say 'Flight tickets are less ...
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Comparative or superlative adjective?

I think it is best not to be impolite. Is the above sentence fine, or should it have better instead of best in it?
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is ‘fine’ in the sense ‘of very good quality’ gradable? [closed]

Fine in the sense of very good quality seems to be an absolute adjective, and since absolute adjectives are not gradable, so I am wondering if this principle applies to fine in the sense ‘of very good ...
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“More Bored” Vs “Boreder”

I have a question about comparative adjectives. I read that if an adjective has only one syllable we write its comparative form as: adjective + er, e.g. bigger and if an adjective has more than two ...
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Confusing Comparatives (as few ~ as, as many ~ as)

I am very confused with the following sentences and I would like to ask you all what you think. I have as many books as you do. This means, if you have 6 books, I have 6 books too. I get this. Then ...
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A question about comparative clauses

In my opinion, the second part of a comparative clause should be a complete sentence. But I'm always confused by some comparative clauses as some clauses are incomplete. For example, are both the ...
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Comparing figures [duplicate]

We use the adjectives: 1. big/large/great - small 2. high/great - low 3. more - less when comparing figures; for example: The number of people in New York is higher/bigger/larger/greater ...
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The usage of 'a' in front of a comparative

Is the below sentence correct? I'm not sure if adding an 'a' in front of 'more' is OK. To enable a more accurate spatial normalization process, manual re-orientation and positioning of the PET ...
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The largest, greatest, highest or biggest number of . .

I'm not a native speaker, and my teacher taught me to use "the biggest number of . . ." when comparing amounts of some things, but I've checked it in google which seems like "the largest, the greatest,...
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Is it fine to use “the second largest” when comparing 3 things

Let's say, if there were 4 cities, A, B, C and D 1,000 people live in city A. 2,000 people live in city B. 3,000 people live in city C. 4,000 people live in city D. - The second ...
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Comparatives and superlatives for the word “statistic”

Let's say, there was a bar chart giving 2 different pieces of data for 3 groups. - Monkeys was the ______________ statistic. If you needed to complete the sentence above with a superlative ...
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Saying the value is in between the other 2 values

I'm preparing for Ielts test. Its writing part is the most difficult for me. So far, I'm learning about comparative between numbers, and I stuck. Let's say, there was a given bar chart giving 3 ...
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Is it correct to say “my oldest child” when you have only two children?

I remember "oldest" child is more correctly used when you have more than two children - e.g. my older child (assumption that there are only two children); my oldest child (assumption that there are at ...
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“leave immediately, sooner if possible”

In the series Shameless.US, S06E10, an actress utters "leave immediately, sooner if possible". Is this idiomatic? I'd like to know why sooner refers to.
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Which is right? "Ambitious students are more likely to succeed than are those with little ambition / than those with little ambition

Which is right? "Ambitious students are more likely to succeed than are those with little ambition" or "Ambitious students are more likely to succeed than those with little ambition"
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Why can 'lower' be a verb but 'higher/upper' cannot?

The title is basically my question. The word lower can be a comparative form of low as an adjective, but it can also be a verb. However, the antonym of the word such as higher or upper cannot be used ...
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As much as with verb [closed]

I was wondering how sentences should be formed when comparing things/actions using "as much as". In this example,I am comparing "eating food" and "drinking water". But I am not sure which one I can ...
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Why is it unnatural to say “He is as clever as rude”?

(1) He is more clever than rude. (2) ??He is as clever as rude. I've learned (1) is natural and that (2) isn't. (1) means "He is clever rather than rude". Then, why can't (2) mean (2b)? (2b)...
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Usage of “elder” and “eldest” in degrees of comparison

If one has two elder brothers, is it OK to say "My eldest brother is this and the second eldest is that"?
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What part of speech is 'better' in the following sentence?

What part of speech is better in the following sentence? Is it an adverb because it modifies the verb expect? Is it an abstract noun because it is an “intangible concept such as an emotion, a feeling, ...
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The use of superlative as in “the poorest half”

I saw the phrase "poorest half of the population." Is superlative always used with "half"? Is "poorer half" okay? Do you also say the "richest half"?
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Stays (more) fresh (for longer)

My wife just said "stays more fresh for longer", which sounded double to me. But I don't know how to actually say it without being double. When you put something in the fridge it stays... more fresh....
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What is the comparative of “I am broke”?

I am broke In slang it means to be without money, but how would I say (facetiously) that my economic situation is worse today? a. I am broker today b. I am more broke today Solution b) ...
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Starting sentence with More

I'm going to write and academic paper and I want to know if this syntax is correct or not? More item A looks like item B, it would be more leakage of information.
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Is it incorrect to use “more gentle”?

Most dictionaries list "gentler" as the comparative form of "gentle", but "more gentle" also sounds correct. According to this forum post, it is.
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Late “latter” last

PREMISE: I am not asking about the difference in meaning or usage between latter and later; it is, therefore, not a duplicate of the older question: what is the difference between later and latter? ...
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“More thicker hair”? Is it correct to use 'more' with comparative adjectives?

I was watching a YouTube video the other day and I found a sentence that intrigued me. The woman, Jessica Vill, was talking about her wig collection and when describing one of the wigs she said ...
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Can I say “I have two pens less”, and “I have two dollars less”? [closed]

There were 50 students in class. The teacher gave out 50 pens to the students (the students got a total of 50 pens). The teacher gave 50 pens to every student (every student got fifty pens each). ...
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'as much as' VS 'more than'

Please, help me. I am so confused with my English task. Very few books are read ___ Harry Potter by children. a) as much as b) more than c) the most   Very few channels are watched ...
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“…nicer than any other…” vs “…as nice as any other…”

On a practice test, this sentence was given with the instructions to select the correct version: The English teacher, Mrs. Jensen, is nicer than any teacher in the whole school. This is obviously ...
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Weaker or more weakly [closed]

I often wondered how a comparative adverb was supposed to be written. If we use strong as an example, I wondered if strongly would become strongerly when in comparative. I learned that it was not ...
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Idiomatic way of implying “by a multiplicative factor”

I was told that saying A equals B within a factor C is not correct. Is it true? My interlocutor, who is not a native anglophone, told me that "within" cannot be used in such a way, arguing that "[....
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Word Order and Comparative

Consider the different locations of the subject, adjective, and conjunction in the following sentences. A boy as trim as Bob should be a fast runner. As trim a boy as Bob should be a fast ...
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How to write comparative sentences?

I have some problem in comparative sentence. For example: In lower layer PS=10% In upper layer PS=5% For this I wrote the sentence as below: In lower layer PS is greater than upper ...