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Session 87

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Activity 1

Comparatives to show progress

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Hi! I'm Roy and today I'm going to tell you about using comparatives to say that someone or something is changing or developing.

So the structure is like this: comparative + and + the same comparative. So we put the and in the middle of the two comparative adjectives. Every year, I look older and older.

Don't forget that with adjectives of two or more syllables, like 'beautiful', we use the word 'more' plus an adjective to make the comparative. We don't add ' –er'. With these, we add the 'and' in the middle of the two 'mores'. For example: Every day, my wife Luciana gets more and more beautiful.

Anyway, that's everything for today. I'm getting hungrier and hungrier so I've got to go. Bye!

Comparatives to show progression

The structure
The structure is: comparative + and + the same comparative

  • Every year, I look older and older.
  • These trees will continue to grow bigger and bigger.

2 or more syllables
Comparatives of 2 or more syllables, such as 'beautiful', use the word 'more'. When using this type of comparative in this structure, we put the 'and' between the two 'more's

  • Every day, my wife Luciana gets more and more beautiful.
  • I found the show more and more interesting as time went on.


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