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Session 67

Charlene explains how to modify comparative adjectives in this English In A Minute.

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Modifying comparative adjectives

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Charlene

I'm going to explain how to modify comparative adjectives.

To describe a small difference, you can use the words a bit, a little or slightly, for example:

Tom is a bit taller than me.

Tom is a little taller than me.

And Tom is slightly taller than me.

To compare big differences, you can use a lot, significantly, far and much, for example:

Physics is much more difficult than history.

Physics is a lot more difficult than history.

Physics is far more difficult than history.

Or: Physics is significantly more difficult than history.

The final thing to mention is which words can't be used with comparative adjectives.

Very and really can never be used in a comparative sentence.

Compare comparative adjectives with a bit, a little, slightly for small differences,

or a lot, significantly, far and much for big differences.

Modifying comparative adjectives

You can use the words a bit, a little or slightly to describe a small difference.

  • I think it's slightly harder this year.
  • He said that the test was a bit longer.

You can use a lot, significantly, far and much to compare big differences.

  • I think it's a lot harder this year.
  • He said that the test was significantly longer.

Very and really can never be used in a comparative sentence.

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