Comparative adverbs

Level: beginner

We can use comparative adverbs to show change or 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.

Level: intermediate

We use these words and phrases as intensifiers with comparatives:

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  slightly rather
a little a little bit just a little bit

She began to speak a bit more quickly.

Level: beginner

Superlative adverbs

We can use superlative adverbs to make comparisons:

His ankles hurt badly, but his knees hurt worst.
It rains most often at the beginning of the year.

Level: intermediate

We use these words and phrases as intensifiers with superlatives:

easily by far much

When we intensify a superlative adverb, we often put the in front of the adverb:

In our office, Jill works by far the hardest.
Of the three brothers, Brian easily runs the fastest.

Level: beginner

How to form comparative and superlative adverbs

We make comparative and superlative adverbs using the same rules as for comparative and superlative adjectives. For example:

One syllable: Jill works fast. > faster > fastest
One syllable ending in –e: They arrived late. > later > latest
Two or more syllables: Alan finished the test quickly. > more quickly > most quickly
well: She speaks English well. > better > best
badly: She speaks German badly. > worse > worst
far: He'll go far. > farther/further > farthest/furthest
Comparative adverbs 1

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Comparative adverbs 2

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Superlative adverbs 1

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Superlative adverbs 2

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Comments

Thanks Kirk.
I read this sentence online— low skilled jobs require relatively fewer skills than other jobs in many areas. Is ‘relatively fewer’ correct ?

Hello,
Please tell me the correct way to use ‘relatively’ for comparison. Is the following sentence correct : we performed relatively better than any other team.
Regards,
Petals

Hi Petals,

'relatively' isn't usually used to compare two explicit people or objects -- please see the example sentences in the dictionary entry. I'm not sure I understand what you want to communicate, but it sounds to me as if the word 'relative' may not be necessary in your comparison: 'We performed better than any other team' expresses a clear comparison. You could also perhaps say 'We performed better relative to the other teams', but the simple comparison also works.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi everyone!
Which sentence is correct?
1. It's important for me
2. It's important to me
Thanks

Hi Ilariuccia,

Both sentences are possible - which is correct depends upon the context.

We say 'important to' when something has value in our opinion. For example, you might say 'Loyalty is very important to me', meaning that you place great value on the characteristic of loyalty.

We say 'important for me' when something is benefits us or when it is something we should do. For example, you might say 'Monitoring blood sugar levels is important for people with diabetes', meaning that this is something they should do.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi!
Talking about a great variety of...shops, for instance, which expression is more correct:
1. All types of shops
2. All the types of shops
3. Shops of all types
Thanks in advance....

Hello Ilariuccia,

All three are possible but I would say that the first and third are more common than the second. However, without knowing the full context of what you want to say it is impossible to say which would be correct - this depends on the speaker's intention, the situation, exaclty what they are talking about and how much information is shared already between them.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi!
Is it more correct: I'm staying in a hotel or I'm staying at a hotel?
Thanks in advance....
Kind regards

Hello Ilariuccia,

Both 'in' and 'at' can be used in this context with no difference in meaning.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,

Hope you are well.

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,
renavalho

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