Adjectives: comparatives

Simple comparison

This is used when -er is added to the adjective.

  • Pete is taller than Dave.
Compound comparison

This is used when more is added before the adjective. This form is generally used when the adjective has two or more syllables.

  • John’s work is more colorful than Donald’s.
Irregular comparison

Some adjectives have a highly irregular construction:

  • Michael is better at basketball than Dennis. (good)
  • William has worse handwriting compared to Mark. (bad)

Further examples of irregular adjectives include little (least), many (most) and far (farthest).

Other adjectives have modified spelling when using the -er construction:

  • She seems to be happyer happier than usual. (happy)
  • Today is hoter hotter than yesterday. (hot)
Further learning
Description Author Language
When to use '-er' and 'more'. Spelling changes. Smrt English
The use of 'er', 'more' and irregular comparatives. TeacherIHAveAQuestio