comparatives

6 ways to use ‘any + comparative’

‘Any’ can be used as an adverb to mean ‘at all’ or ‘in some degree’.  In the English Vocabulary Profile, ‘any’ is listed as ADVERB B1 used in questions and negatives to emphasize a comparative adjective or adverb Do you feel any better? I can’t walk any faster. Those trousers don’t look any different from the others. Houses in this area used to be a real bargain, but they’re not cheap any more. This radio isn’t any good – I ‘ll have to buy another. She couldn’t wait any longer. *’any more’ …

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MORE * * * THAN (complex comparisions)

A simple comparison in English is “She is more important than you.” One way to make comparisons more complex is to increase the number of words between ‘more’ and ‘than.’  This could include nouns or adjectives followed by non-finite clauses such as the following EXPERT EXAMPLE: Today, billions of citizens have more tools, more access to information, more capacity to influence than ever before. TED Pearson’s GSE 66 B2 structure is defined …

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BE like

Point 19 in CLAUSES/comparatives is defined: ‘be’ + ‘like’ + noun or pronoun FOR EXAMPLE: How many people are like you? Are like me? A search in iWeb for: _VB like_II _P 1 ARE LIKE ME 7752 2 ‘RE LIKE ME 7377 3 ‘S LIKE YOU 4506 4 BE LIKE HIM 2401 5 BE LIKE YOU 2118 6 BE LIKE ME …

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comparative adjective + IER

Point 29 in the category of ADJECTIVES is defined as: form comparative adjectives with adjectives of two syllables ending in ‘-y’ by changing the ‘y’ to an ‘I’ and adding ‘-er’ EXPERT EXAMPLE: The column included examples of correct grammar that make speeches and writing easier to understand, whereas mistakes make English weaker and uncomfortable. noozhawk.com An iWeb search for: *ier_JJR 1 EASIER 1010581 2 EARLIER 431393 3 HEALTHIER 186940 4 HEAVIER …

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as * as + mine | yours

Point 63 in the category of PRONOUNS is defined as: possessive pronouns ‘mine’ and ‘yours’, with singular reference, in comparative clauses after ‘(not) as … as’. A search in iWeb for: * as * as mine|yours 1 IS AS GOOD AS MINE 1166 2 , AS WELL AS YOURS 92 3 IS AS GOOD AS …

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comparative adjective + THAN + verb-ING

The English Grammar Profile B1 Point 84 in the category of CLAUSES is defined as: ‘than’ + a limited range of non-finite clauses (with -ing), forming the second part of a comparison after a comparative adjective This point partially overlaps PEARSON’S: GSE 62 B2 complex comparisons between verb/noun phrases VERB PHRASE 1/NOUN PHRASE 1 + …

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 SO + adjective + that CLAUSE

Point 83 in CLAUSES/comparatives  is defined as:  ‘so’ + adjective + ‘that’ clause. An iWeb search for: so _J that * * 1 SO GLAD THAT I DID 776 2 SO HAPPY THAT I FOUND 449 3 SO GLAD THAT YOU ARE 424 4 SO GLAD THAT I FOUND 419 5 SO CONFIDENT THAT YOU …

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as + ADJECTIVE | ADVERB + as + CLAUSE

Point 69 in the category of CLAUSES/comparatives is defined as: ‘(not) as’ + adjective/adverb + ‘as’ to introduce a clause (often with a substitute auxiliary verb) to talk about two things being equal or unequal in some way. *note that the EGP examples also include ‘as much as’ where claws7 tags ‘much’ as a DA1. …

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too ADJECTIVE to INFINITIVE

Point 68 in the category of CLAUSES/comparatives is defined as: ‘TOO’ + adjective + ‘to’-infinitive. A search in iWeb for: too _J to _VVI 1 TOO EARLY TO TELL 4736 2 TOO EARLY TO SAY 4112 3 TOO EARLY TO START 3206 4 TOO GOOD TO PASS 2967 5 TOO BIG TO FAIL 2827 6 …

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comparative adjective + THAN + finite clause

Point 56 in the category of CLAUSES is defined as: ‘than’ + a finite clause forming the second part of a comparison after a comparative adjective _JJR than _P _VV 1 EASIER THAN YOU THINK 3935 2 CLOSER THAN YOU THINK 927 3 HARDER THAN IT LOOKS 740 4 SMALLER THAN I EXPECTED 688 5 …

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a (little) bit + COMPARATIVE

point 50 at B1 in the EGP in ADJECTIVES is defined as: ‘A (LITTLE) BIT’ to modify comparative adjectives used predicatively after a verb, usually ‘be’ However, ‘a little bit’ is considered as B2 in the EVP. And this B1 point also clashes completely with the C1 grammar point explained here: A search in iWeb …

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comparative AND comparative

Point 47 in Adjectives is defined as: ‘and’ to repeat a comparative adjective to indicate change over time, usually after ‘become’ or ‘get’ _V _JJR and _JJR 1 GETTING BIGGER AND BIGGER 1563 2 GETTING WORSE AND WORSE 1555 3 GETTING SMALLER AND SMALLER 897 4 GET BIGGER AND BIGGER 867 5 GOT WORSE AND …

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EVEN + comparative adjective

Point 40 in ADJECTIVES is defined as: “even’ to modify and intensify comparative adjectives used predicatively after a verb, usually ‘be’ and ‘get’. An iWeb search for: even _JJ 1 EVEN WORSE 76953 PELIC STUDENT: Arabic,Male,5,w TOPIC: “Discrimination” It might be even worse and lead to a big conflict. 2 EVEN BETTER 74467 3 EVEN GREATER 49469 4 EVEN BIGGER 34874 5 EVEN HIGHER …

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as if + NON-FINITE CLAUSE

‘As if’ means ‘as would be the case if’. Here’s an example of the subordinators as if +  Verb-ing clause. She studied the bracelet as if trying to estimate its fair market value. Listen ‘trying to estimate…’ is a manner clause, it describes how she studied. We could ask the question, How did she study it?   C2 point 133 CLAUSES/comparatives is defined as: ‘as if’ + …

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‘He’s not that much better’ (not that much + COMPARATIVE)

  Yardbarker The Bears’ quarterback has been better of late, but not that much better. *’of late‘ means recently. Point 78 in ADJECTIVES/comparatives is defined as: ‘not that much’ to modify comparative adjectives to a small degree in iWeb: 1 NOT THAT MUCH BETTER 280 2 NOT THAT MUCH BIGGER 109 It’s just not that much bigger. gundogsupply.com (listen to a similar sentence) 3 NOT …

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‘There’s no better example than China.’ (NO | ‘NOT ANY’ + comparative)

Let’s look at an expert example of limiting comparison: Now, these people are no more special than any of us. (listen to this sentence) ‘no more‘ = not more Point 74 in the category of ADJECTIVES is defined as: ‘no’ / ‘not any’ to limit the scale of comparison. (comparative clauses) *But really this grammar is equally useful with comparative adverb phrases. …

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