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



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

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

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,
The LearnEnglish Team

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

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,


The LearnEnglish Team

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,


The LearnEnglish Team

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,


The LearnEnglish Team


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,