Complete the gaps provided as appropriate, using the words given in brackets.
She's less deaf than her husband.
She isn't so/as deaf as her husband.
The above sentences mean the same.
They study (hard) __________ my niece.
They don't study (hard) __________ my niece.
His nephew doesn't speak French (fluently) __________ his cousin.
His nephew speaks French (fluently) __________ his cousin.
She's not (crazy) __________ you.
(In this section, you have to finish the sentences as appropriate.)
I do not go out as much as he does
I don't go out as much as him.
She told me more lies than they did.
She told me more lies than them.
He is shorter than we are.
He is shorter than us.
In a formal context, we use personal subject pronouns (I, you, he, she, it, we, you
) + a verb
. In this case, as
are conjunctions. In an informal style, we can convert them into prepositions
by using personal object pronouns (me, you, him, her, it, us, you
If he is very fat and she is very thin, then we say that he is __________.
They're very efficient, but she isn't. Therefore, they're __________.
He writes Italian perfectly, but they don't. Consequently, they don't write Italian __________.
We swim very well, but you don't swim __________.
I'm certain of what has happened, but you aren't. As a result, you aren't __________.
13 Revision exercise.
Can you walk (slowly) __________, please? I can't keep up with you.
I ought to have taken her (seriously) __________, but I thought she was pulling my leg.
He believes that we should have (stiff regulations) __________ so as to avoid juvenile delinquency.
He's a very skilful person, but she isn't. Therefore, she isn't (skilful) __________.
If her doctor had examined her (carefully) __________, he would have noticed that she had a terrible illness.
She's got a poor health, and her husband is very healthy. Then we say that he's __________.
They don't like driving __________. (He loves it, but they hate it.)
The air in a small town isn't (heavily polluted) __________ the air in a big city.
Dogs are (faithful animals) __________ to man. They would even give their lives for us.
Cats are not (loyal) __________ dogs.
This is (vicious dog) __________ I have come across for years.
I wish we had (possessions) __________ the Blakes; we are very poor and they have everything: money, a lot of properties, and many other things.
We won't get (wheat this year) __________ we did last year.
You're (bad student) __________ the class. Either you study (hard) __________ or you'll fail all your subjects.
She was very unkind to her customers. She should have been (kind) __________ to them.
This is (fierce dog) __________ I've had for years.
Winter is (cold season) __________ the year.
His beliefs are (conservative) __________ yours. He's very liberal, but you aren't.
You're (lucky person) __________ earth. I've never met such a lucky person.
That was (sensible thing to do) __________. You did (appropriate thing) __________. If you'd done a different thing, you'd have got into trouble.
She's (sensitive person) __________ the family. Nobody in the family upsets (easily) __________ her.
You've played the music (loud) __________. Why have you turned the volume up?
Anna's very fit and healthy. The other four girls look sickly. As a matter of fact, they have been off sick quite a lot recently. That is why we think Anna's (fit and healthy) __________ the five girls.
He can't resist severe pain __________ you. When he feels any discomfort, he thinks he's going to kick the bucket.
The Beatles was one of (famous bands) __________ the sixties.
This stew tastes (nasty) __________ that one. What the hell did you put in it?
Young Brown is getting taller and taller.
More and more people kept coming to the demostration.
We use the double comparative to indicate that something or someone is growing, decreasing, changing, etc., continuously.
He's growing (rich) __________.
He comes here (often) __________. I think young Nicola has something to do with it.
My daughter is becoming (pretty) __________.
My hair is getting (dark) __________.
Catalonia is getting (tourists) __________ all the year round.
The harder you study, the better results at school you'll have.
The more you earn, the more money you'll have to buy a house.
The + a comparative ... the + a comparative
links two actions: the second one being the result of the first one.
(you smoke) __________, (unhealthy you become) __________.
(early you get up) __________, (time you'll have to get to the station), __________.
(little you work) __________, (little you earn) __________.
(old I get) __________, (little I like going out) __________.
(you eat) __________, (fat you become) __________.
It's a bit more tiring if you do it this way.
I feel a lot happier now than I did yesterday.
He feels much worse today.
A bit, a little (bit), a lot, any
, far, lots, nearly, no, rather, somewhat
comparative adjectives or adverbs; far
, more + an uncountable noun; far
, more + a plural noun:
There is much/far more wine in the cellar now than (there ;was) last year.
There are many/far more thieves in this city today than (there were) in the past.
We're a lot (tough) __________ they think.
He's much (rough) __________ you told me. I don't like him.
He's no (old) __________ me.
My girl-friend is rather (young) __________ I am. She's twenty-five and I'm thirty-five.
This mathematical problem is somewhat (difficult) __________ the one I solved yesterday.
This bedside table is the cheaper of the two.
This box file is the biggest of the three.
The + a comparative form
is preferred to the superlative one when we are dealing with two people or things. In an informal context, however, the superlative often replaces the comparative: This night table is the prettiest of the two
"We've got two types of wing mirrors. Which one would you like?"
"I want (good) __________ one."
"Which of these three pillows would you like to take?"
"(small) __________ of them."
"Which of these two suits shall I wear to the party?"
"Put on (informal) __________."
It's very difficult to decide which of the two arguments is (convincing) __________.
I've got two cars, but I generally use (new) __________, because it's (economical) __________.
(The) same for me, please!
You always meet the same people in the pub.
I like the same boy as my sister.
I love the same boy that my sister does.
He ordered the same as his friend (did).
He bought the same drink (that) she did the previous day.
The same dog that attacked me yesterday chased a little girl an hour ago.
can be used alone, as in the first and second examples above, or with as
, as in the third and fifth sentences. Note, however, the following structures: the same + a noun (that) + a subject + a verb
(instances 4 and 6), and the same + a noun + that + a verb
(example 7). If the verb is not mentioned that
is not possible (sentence 3). Still, instead of that
, it is usually possible to use as
: I love the same boy as my sister does
, unless that
is a relative pronoun (7). We cannot therefore say The same dog as attacked me yesterday chased a little girl an hour ago
She always makes (same mistakes) __________ over and over again.
He always does (same things) __________ his brother.
He likes sitting in (same rocking chair) __________ his wife did when she was alive.
(very same year) __________ I was born in my father disappeared.
"(same again) __________!"
"Waiter! ... Two pints, please!"
19 Revision exercise.
They have won (few prizes) __________ she has. She is a (good sportswoman) __________ they are. In fact, she is one of (good) __________ town.
Let's have lunch at that restaurant. It's just (good) __________ the one we went yesterday, and it's (cheap) __________.
She's by far
(good writer) __________ the four.
My father has been smoking (same pipe) __________ for over twenty years.
It's very difficult to tell which of the two novelist is (popular) __________.
The place I spent the night yesterday was even (gloomy) __________ this guest-house.
She's much (shabby beggar) __________ the area.
This grammar exercise is a little bit (difficult) __________, but I'm sure you can cope with it very well.
She's got far and away (colourful garden) __________ the whole town.
We had much (barley this season) __________ last season.
Our foster daughter isn't (bright) __________ our own son, but she's (affectionate) __________.
Our foster daughter is (bright) __________ our own son, but she's (thoughtful) __________.
He's been growing (spiteful) __________ and __________ since he had to join the army.
In recent times, people live (well) __________ formerly.
They don't love her __________ he does. He worships the ground she walks on.
You've got a large number of admirers, but I haven't got __________ you.
We shared (same shelter) __________ the other refugees.
As the night went on, she was getting (frightened) __________ and __________.
(you spend) __________, (little money you have) __________.
If you didn't smoke so much, the air in this room wouldn't be (stuffy and smoky) __________ it is.
(same curiosity) __________ brought him to success ruined his life.
(lies you tell) __________, (little people will believe you) __________.
It's (hair-raising story) __________ I've ever heard.
She's (careless person) __________ I know.
He needs (affection) __________ any other person in the world.
We want to do (far research) __________ on the effect of this drug.
See unit 10, section 7
This change from a conjunction to a preposition may lead to ambiguity:
She loves him more than me.
She loves him more than I do.
In the second sentence, there is no ambiguity; but, in the first instance, there is, since it could mean "She loves him more than she loves me or She loves him more than I love him". Strictly speaking, the first example should mean "She loves him more than (she loves) me, because than
should be a conjunction. All the same, in modern English, than
is very often used as a preposition, which is why ambiguity could arise here.
See also unit 14, section 26
These words can modify too
as well: You're running much too quickly
. For further information about too, see unit 17
In this case, we can omit the
Notice the following as well: This is the same man that/who caught me red-handed
Observe the usage of by far
) and far and away