|one syllable adjectives תואר עם הברה אחת||er …than…|
|some adj with 2 syllables
that end with –y (heavier) תואר עם שתי הברות שמסתיים עם תנועה לא מוטעמת
or with a vowel sound that is not stressed
narrower, cleverer, gentler / more narrow than…
more/ less + adj+ than
|a long adj (of 2 syllables or more) תואר עם שתי הברות
more efficient than
|more/ less + adj+ than|
as/ so + adj + as…
This wall will be as long as the Berlin Wall.
She is just as strong as any boy I know.
not as/so…+ adj+ as… (not quite as…as)
He is not as bright as she is. (less than)
The Superlative compares one to the rest in a group
|one syllable >the+ adj+ est (in/ of….) (or with the Present Perfect)
the smallest town in this region.
the nicest hotel (that) I have ever stayed in.
|two syllables and more > the+ most/ least+ adj+ in/of…
but in cases as mentioned above for the comparative (adj of two syllables ending with –y or with an unstressed vowel sound)> the suffix -est can also be used.
the gentlest/ the most gentle doctor I know
the most expensive hotel in town
many / much
old (people and things)
old (people only, seniority)
|regular||er/ est||soft> softer> softest|
|ends with e||r/ st||large> larger> largest|
|ends with y||drop the y and add ier||heavy> heavier> heaviest|
|ends with CVC||double the last letter||big> bigger> biggest|
Other uses of comparatives:
the+ comparative… the + comparative
to show processes or changes that happen simultaneously.
The older I get, the more empathic I become.
to show processes of continuous change. There’s a repetition for effect.
She’s getting wiser and wiser.