We can use comparative adverbs to show change or to make comparisons:

I forget things more often nowadays.
She began to speak more quickly.
They are working harder now.

We often use than with comparative adverbs

I forget things more often than I used to.
Girls usually work harder than boys.


We use these words and phrases as intensifiers with these patterns:

much - far - a lot - quite a lot - a great deal - a good deal - a good bit - a fair bit

I forget things much more often nowadays.


We use these words and phrases as mitigators:

a bit - just a bit - a little - a little bit - just a little bit - slightly

She began to speak a bit more quickly





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Could you help me, please?

I'd like to know whether or not both sentences have the same meaning even after having omitted the comparative 'more' in the sentence 2.

1) more challenging and more time-consuming than you expected...

2) more challenging and time-consuming than you expected...

Kind regards,

Hello renavalho,

Yes, those two sentences can mean the same thing and I think generally would be understood to mean the same thing. If you wanted to be absolutely clear that both adjectives should be in comparative form, you could use sentence 1 or say 'both more challenging and time-consuming ...', but in general that's probably not necessary.

By the way, leaving words out that are still to be understood is called 'ellipsis'. We don't have a page that explicitly covers this topic, but if you ever wanted to read more about it, I'm sure you could find more online by searching for 'ellipsis'.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I have a question about 6th item of the task:
It goes: "He walked slightly more awkwardly because of his leg injury."
Why is there an adverb and not an adjective (awkward) after a link werb (walk)? "Walk" does function here as a link verb, or doesn't it?

Hello Ondra K,

'Walk' here is a normal verb describing an action. It is not a link verb.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, could you explain to me what is the difference, in meaning, between the following sentences:

1. If you want to pass the exam you need to study harder.
2. If you want to pass the exam you need to study hard.

I would imagine the first sentence shows the comparison but what about the second one?


Hi kecha.raut,

You are correct that the first sentence means 'more than at the moment'. It suggests the word being done at the moment is not enough. Perhaps the person is working hard, but needs to do more.

The second sentence means that the person is not working hard at the moment, and that hard work is necessary.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi to identify the types of adverbial from the answers to the questions above. let me know which is correct and which is wrong. thank you.
2. We'll have to work 'much' [intensifier] 'faster'=[comparative] to finish it 'on time'=[time]
3. She listened 'more'= [comparative] 'carefully' = [ manner] the second time
4. He played a great deal 'better than'=[comparative] 'last week'=[time]
6. He walked 'slightly'=[ manner] 'more'=[comparative] 'awkwardly'=[manner] because of his leg injury
7.John loses his temper 'far'=[intensifier] 'more' =[comparative] frequently=[frequency] these days= [time]
8. They arrived 'a bit'=[mitigators] 'sooner than'=[ comparative] I expected

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Hello all
I would like to know if we could use the adverb of frequency "always " in the present perfect tense sentence?
thank you in advance for any help