Questions tagged [comparatives]

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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comparative adjective + a + noun

a) When can I use "comparative adjective + a + noun" and when not? When can I add "a + noun" after "comparative adjective" and when not? b) What is the difference between ...
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“More clear” vs “Clearer”: when to use “more” instead of “-er”?

Which one of these adjectives is correct? I can see that both of them are being used, I'm just not sure which one is grammatically correct. Are there any general rules to follow as to the use of one ...
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Less-experienced vs less experienced employee

As an Android developer with 3 years of experience, I also help less experienced team members. Do I need to put a hyphen between "less" and "experienced"?
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“as” or “than” in comparative constructions

Is it usually as or than that is used in such constructions as the following? Twice as many men said they liked action movies as/than comedies. Twice as many customers ordered pizza as/than Caesar ...
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Is “Our creamiest coffee, now creamier” correct?

Kopiko's tagline here in the Philippines became a hot topic. Others had been saying that it is grammatically wrong but others said that it is correct.
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superlative or comparison

I have a question about some sentences. John is better than Sarah and Mary. or John is the best. If I'm comparing three things (John, Sarah, Mary), why am I using a comparative adjective? I ...
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adjective or comparative adjective for measurements and rates

I was going some through articles about fitness and I encountered these two sentences. Lifting lighter weights often means you're able to perform more repetitions for each exercise you complete ...
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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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The number is smaller, fewer or less than?

I always make confusion about the correct usage of the comparative for "irregular" adjectives (I don't know if this is the correct term). Recently I had to write "the number of X is ...
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Which is more proper “rarest” or “most rare”?

In the following usage, which is the correct form for the superlative of the adjective "rare"? "the rarest on Earth" or "the most rare on Earth"?
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Correct article with comparative, not for normal comparisson

Should the following contain a definite or indefinite article? Between Kevin and Andy, Kevin is a bigger hero. or Between Kevin and Andy, Kevin is the bigger hero.
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Can I say “more funny” or “most funny” instead of “funnier” or “funniest”?

Could you please provide a reference to your answer whatever it is? I know that "funnier" and "funniest" are more correct, but I want to know whether the less common versions are considered errors or ...
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Can I say 'This transmitter extends three times signal range than the other one'? [closed]

I'm not sure if I should use 'than' or 'from' in this sentence > "This transmitter extends three times signal range than the other one". Please advise. Thanks.
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How to describe the reverse order which in some contexts is the natural order on things?

In writing a paper my team and I need to explain that in a sublist L of, say, [1,2,3,...,100] (for instance L = [3,5,43,70]) the item with the lowest number has highest priority. How would one best ...
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“more massive”?

I stumbled upon this sentence in Wikipedia: Titan is 50% larger than Earth's moon and 80% more massive. I struggle with the "more massive" part. I find some books do use that phrase. Is it ...
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Are “compared to” and “with respect to” interchangeable?

For example: The results showed higher stability for the first enzyme compared to the second one. Would this sentence have the same meaning if I changed compared to with with respect to?
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Is there a linguistic term for the phrases, which describe a noun, with subjective value (below)

a pitted excuse for a road a big bear of a man a gigantic furious beast of a man a wisp of a boy/girl
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I seek grammatical justification for “I did more than finish the job”

I see people say such examples as "I did more than finish the job", "He did more than win the game". In such cases, "finish the job", which is a bare infinitival, occurs ...
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A word that means 'most important'?

I tried to find a single word that means "most important", but I couldn't. I want it to be able to express what's missing below: If you get hurt, the _ thing to do is to stay calm. It would need ...
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Is it correct to use the comparative adjective “blacker?”

You can find bluer, redder, greener, and whiter in the dictionary, but not blacker. This seems mystifying. In his "El Paso" song, Marty Robbins sang, "Blacker than night were the eyes of ...
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Writing a comparative sentence with two comparative parameters [closed]

Consider two aqueous solutions: Solution 1 Solution 2 Then note that: The temperature of the solution 1 is higher than that of the solution 2. The pressure of the solution 1 is lower than that of ...
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'quickest': adverb

Page 442 of Collins Cobuild English Usage reads Quick is an adjective. You do not usually use it as an adverb. Instead you use quickly. In writing, you usually use more quickly. He began to speak ...
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Can we use adverbs with Comparative adjectives?

He is much taller than me. Vs He is incredibly taller than me. Can we use incredibly here, with a comparative adjective(taller) ?
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How interchangeable are the adjectives in the comparative “the closer/nearer, the …”?

In an allusion to Dave Starr’s magnificent¹ cover art, I had the opportunity to use its title idiomatically, and said: “The closer the bone, the sweeter the meat.” … and was promptly corrected: “...
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Is the usage of “more frequently” or “more often” correct in this scenario?

If I think that an event does not take place at all but the event does take place once, is the other person correct in saying that the event takes place more often / more frequently than I think?
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What does “no worse than …” mean?

What does the writer mean by saying "no worse than stealing?" It is thought the scam, which stores say is no worse than stealing, is a product of our ‘fast-fashion culture’, where trends ...
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“Faster than” using with Future Simple

I'm just wondering if it is right to say that I'll learn English faster than they will translate this book =or I'll learn English earlier than they will translate this book I'm confused about ...
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Action of comparatives on connected clauses

Consider the sentence Though somewhat less (i) _____than previous chapters and suffering from a minor rash of academic jargon, the final chapter of the book is nonetheless (ii) ______laypeople. How ...
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The usage of “to be” in double comparatives?

I read when "be" is used in double comparative, it is sometimes omitted in the book of "Top Notch", like: The better the quality of health care (is), the higher the life ...
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Tireder (comparative form)

According to the CambridgeGEL, page 1583, Participial adjectives take only analytic comparative forms (A marginal exception is tired) What are the reasons leading to this exception?
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Comparative and Superlative for little? [closed]

What is the comparative and superlative for little?
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what is the implicit meaning of “It's generally easier to think”?

I'm reading some material(git pro), then I encountered this context, I want to know what is the meaning of "It’s generally easier to think" as far as I know, easier is comparative word, ...
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Dispute over interpretation of “Less smaller”

I know that the correct form of "less smaller" is "less small" but that is the original phrase we went to a dispute over. This is the exact phrase. Someone: Most of the sites I ...
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Comparative question?

I have a comparative question... As I understand it, comparatives compare two things. I bought a new popcorn maker because my old one is not heating up. So my questions are as follows: Can I say my ...
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Adverbs in comparative clauses

I saw an anecdotal "rule" in a magazine stating that, if an adverb is used in a comparative clause, the '-ly' form of the adverb is preferable to a comparative form. Apparently however, if the adverb ...
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The usage of “most” instead of “more”

Regarding the following sentence, The study noted that pregnant women need to have healthy diets to reduce risk of developing gestational diabetes, a form of diabetes that is most common among ...
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More badly and most badly

According to Collins English Usage, Badly has another different meaning. If you need or want something badly, you need or want it very much: I am badly in need of advice; I want this job so ...
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Is it grammatically correct to say “A is more pregnant than B”?

Since one is either pregnant or not, I am wondering if it is grammatically correct to say "A is more pregnant than B". For example, in one of the following two scenarios, can one correctly say "A is ...
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Does “No more” by necessity imply there was some before?

If I say "I have no more apples" do I have to have had some apples to begin with? Is there an instance where I could start with none and still say I had no more sensically?
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Comparative Adjectives without Than or Object

I am writing a scientific paper which concerns itself with "short" texts, like the ones we encounter on social media platforms and so. Other literature uses the same term "short texts" to refer to ...
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Omission of subject in tensed clause

I know the subject can be omitted in untensed clauses. But I've encountered with the following: You spent more money than was intended to be spent. Here, 'than' seems to be functioning like a ...
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Comparative/superlative forms and types of comparisons

I should complete the sentence with two to five words, including the word in bold. The mall isn't usually so busy. THAN The mall ............. today. - The mall is usually less busy than today....
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Early vs Earlier usage

Which of the following sentences are correct. Early vs earlier. Can I use both sentences? I went on my lunch break late. Next time I will try to take my break earlier. I went on my lunch break late. ...
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Comparing adverbs in comparative and superlative forms

Comparing with adverbs in comparative or superlative form: When would us louder / loudest and when would you use more loudly / most loudly
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Usage of Comparative adjectives

I find myself using Comparative adjectives a lot more than just adjectives is there a rule of thumb? Here is an example...As I understand it, comparatives compare with something. It was not busy ...
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Why is fickler a word?

I just tried to instinctively write "more fickle" because fickle is polysyllabic and would, by tradition, get the "more" comparative form vs the "er" comparative form. But MS Word dinged me as wrong. ...
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A question about Comparatives

As I understand it, comparatives compare with something. But which of the following sentences is correct. It wasn't busy tonight at the club? can you say next week will be busier? It wasn't ...
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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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when can i omit the subject in comparative sentences

I recently encountered two sentences - Cars made in Japan are better than those made in Korea. here, "those" cannot be omitted Prices of mangos in Thailand are much lower than (those) in England. ...
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comparative phrase 'more than'

I don't know the meaning of the phrase in this sentence We are seldom exposed only to a single contaminant in the environment-but more often than not to a cocktail of chemical mixture. How to ...

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