We use comparative adjectives to describe people and things:

This car is certainly better but it’s much more expensive.
I’m feeling happier now.
We need a bigger garden

We use than when we want to compare one thing with another:

She is two years older than me.
New York is much bigger than Boston.
He is a better player than Ronaldo.
France is a bigger country than Britain.

When we want to describe how something or someone changes we can use two comparatives with and:

The balloon got bigger and bigger.
Everything is getting more and more expensive.
Grandfather is looking older and older

We often use the with comparative adjectives to show that one thing depends on another:

When you drive faster it is more dangerous
> The faster you drive, the more dangerous it is.
When they climbed higher it got colder
> The higher they climbed, the colder it got.

Superlative adjectives:

We use the with a superlative:

It was the happiest day of my life.
Everest is the highest mountain in the world.
That’s the best film I have seen this year.
I have three sisters, Jan is the oldest and Angela is the youngest


Type the correct comparative adjectives into the gaps


Complete the sentences with comparative forms


Type the correct superlative adjectives into the gaps




Hello Sir,

Please help me in transforming the following sentences into comparative and positive degrees.

1. Tennyson is not the greatest of all poets.

2. A wise enemy is the best of all foolish friends.

Hello amol,

I'm afraid we don't provide answers for tasks from elsewhere (homework, exams and other sites, for example). If you want to tell us how you would do the task then we will tell you if you are correct, but we do not do such tasks for our users.


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The LearnEnglish Team

Dear sir
Please explain the sentence "If the fruit is smaller, it is sweeter" is equivalent to "The smaller the fruit, the sweeter it is" but why not equivalent to "The smaller the fruit is, the sweeter it is".

Hello meheee2008uiu,

All of these forms are possible and have the same meaning. However, in the task only certain answers are possible because of the position of the commas.


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The LearnEnglish Team

Peter M


I can understand the meaning of following sentence, "Among these things, channel funding and consumer stimulation are seen to be the most important." But I am not able to apply this structure to my own sentences.

Actually I don't know how "to be" is used here. If I wanted to rewrite this sentence, it would be like this: "the most important things among these would be channel funding and consumer stimulation."

Thank you in advance for your response.


Hello Maryam,

Normally I'd recommend looking up 'be seen' or 'see' in the Cambridge Dictionary to see other example sentences, but I've just checked and don't see any. Another possibility would be to look for the phrase 'are (or 'is') seen to' in a concordancer, which will show you examples of those words from different sources. To do that, go to this corpus and then write 'are seen to' in the search box. Press the 'Find matching strings' button and then click on the link ARE SEEN TO and you'll see such a list.

It might also help to know that 'to be' could also be replaced by 'as being' and the meaning would be similar. You could also say something like 'are perceived to be'. This use of '(be) seen + infinitive' is a relatively uncommon structure and is quite formal.

I hope this helps you!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

i have finished.

Hi! Thanks for the clear explanation. I would like to ask about using an adjective and a different comparative adjective in one sentence. For example, can we say "this is a good example but the other was worse"?
Thank you

Hello Torta,

Yes, you can use adjectives as in that sentence. I wanted to point out, though, that you should say 'but the other one was worse'. See our one and ones page for more.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team