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Good Double Comparatives

Double comparatives are phrases commonly used in English to express increasing or decreasing returns.

Double comparatives are often employed to underline the importance of doing or not doing a certain activity.

Here are some examples:

The more you practice, the better your performance.
The more time you spend talking to an audience, the better you get at public speaking.
The less money I spend, the less I have to worry about debt.
The less you water the garden, the less chance the plants will grow.

As you can see from these examples, the format of double comparatives is as follows:

The (more / less) + (noun / noun phrase) subject + verb +, + the (more / less) + (noun) subject + verb

Notice that with ‘more’ and ‘less’ you are comparing actions.

 

You can compare adjectives in the same way:

The darker the berry is, the juiciest it is to eat.
The faster the trains are, the more dangerous they are to ride.
The funnier the comic is, the more fun he is to watch.

The + comparative adjective + to be, + the + comparative adjective + subject + verb + (infinitive of purpose)

 

These forms can be mixed up as well.

It is equally possible to reverse comparative adjectives and end with more / less plus a subject and verb or noun, subject and verb.

The prettier the girl is, the more attention she enjoys.
The happier the mom is, the more the dad can relax.
The more thrilling the new movie is, the less the director worries about making a box office hit.

 

 

In spoken English, we also use double comparatives called clichés.

The more the merrier
which means…
The more people there are, the merrier everyone will be.

 

We can turn the double comparatives into commands:

 

Study more, learn more.
Eat less, move more

Play less, study more.
Work more, earn more.
Think harder, get smarter.

 

Bad Double Comparatives

Here are some examples of the incorrect use of two comparative forms together.

This ice cream is more tastier than that sorbet.
He is more funnier than Jack is.
Susan is more taller than Jane.

In this case, ‘more’ is not required as the comparative adjective form. The sentence is modified by the addition of ‘-ier’.

Double Comparatives to Show Change

And finally, double comparatives are also used to show a continual increase or decrease.

There are more and more women attending college these days.
It seems like there are fewer and fewer items being made in America.
Ultimately, people will find more and more time to spend with their families.

I hope you have enjoyed learning about double comparatives. Let me know of any examples you can think of.

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HOW MANY OF YOU KNOW THE PARTS OF SPEECH?

SURE YOU USE IT EVERYDAY, BUT DO YOU REALLY KNOW THEM?

Jane says that she knows her nouns come in all shapes and sizes, and their adjectives prove it to be true. Interjection!

PARTS OF SPEECH function or “job” example words example sentences
Verb action or state (to) be, have, do, like, work, sing, can, must Google.com is a web site. I like Google.com.
Noun thing or person or place pen, dog, work, music, town, London, teacher, John This is my cat he lives in my house. We live in Kansas.
Adjective describes a noun a/an, the, 69, some, good, big, red, well, interesting My house is big. I like to train big horses.
Adverb describes a verb, adjective or adverb quickly, silently, well, badly, very, really My son eats quickly. When he is very hungry, he eats really quickly.
Pronoun replaces a noun I, you, he, she, some Sara is IndianShe is beautiful.
Preposition links a noun to another word to, at, after, on, but We went  to school on  Sunday.
Conjunction joins clauses or sentences or words and, but, when I like dogs and I like cats. I like girls and boys. I like sugar but I don’t like salt.
Interjection short exclamation, sometimes inserted into a sentence oh!, ouch!, hi!, well Ouch! That hurts! Hi! How are you? Well, I don’t know.

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