Comparative Adjectives: Definition, Rules and Useful Examples

Comparative Adjectives! If you are looking to be able to make a comparison between two nouns then you will certainly need the use of a comparative adjective. There are a whole host of comparative adjectives in the English language and by adding these to your vocabulary, you will have the opportunity to form more complex sentences.

In this section, we are going to be studying the comparative adjective and looking at some examples of how they can be used. By the end of the section, you will be confident in comparing two nouns using this method.

Learn how to use and form comparatives in English with useful grammar rules, ESL pictures and example sentences.

Comparative Adjectives

Comparative Definition

Comparatives are used to compare and clarify the difference between two nouns. In other words, comparative adjectives are used when two persons or objects being compared.

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Forming Comparative Adjectives

One-syllable Adjectives

1. Form the comparative forms of a one-syllable adjective by adding –er.


  • long – longer
  • tall – taller

2. If the one-syllable adjective ends with an e, just add –r for the comparative form.


  • cute – cuter
  • large – larger

3. Add –er to adjectives that end in consonant-vowel-consonant and double the last consonant.


  • big – bigger
  • hot – hotter

Two-syllable Adjectives

1. With most two-syllable adjectives, you form the comparative with more.


  • honest – more honest
  • famous – more famous

2. If the two-syllable adjectives ends with –y, change the y to i and add –er for the comparative form.


  • happy – happier
  • crazy – crazier

3. Two-syllable adjectives ending in –er, le, or ow take –er to form the comparative forms.


  • narrow – narrower
  • gentle – gentler

Adjectives with Three or More Syllables

Add more to adjectives that has 3 or more syllables.


  • expensive – more expensive
  • difficult – more difficult

Irregular Adjectives

  • good – better
  • bad – worse
  • far – farther
  • little – less
  • many – more

NOTE: When comparative adjectives are used, the word “THAN” appears after the adjective.

Comparative Examples

List of affirmative and comparative adjectives in English.

Examples of Comparative Adjectives
Affirmative Comparative
slow slower
fast faster
cheap cheaper
clear clearer
loud louder
new newer
rich richer
short shorter
thick thicker
old older
tall taller
large larger
wide wider
wise wiser
nice nicer
big bigger than
fat fatter than
fit fitter than
polite more polite than
helpful more helpful than
useful more useful than
obscure more obscure
hungry hungrier than
happy happier than
pretty prettier than
heavy heavier than
angry angrier than
dirty dirtier than
funny funnier than
narrow narrower than
shallow shallower than
humble humbler than
gentle gentler than
clever cleverer than
interesting more interesting than
comfortable more comfortable than
beautiful more beautiful than
difficult more difficult than
dangerous more dangerous than
expensive more expensive than
popular more popular than
complicated more complicated than
confident more confident than
good better than
bad worse than
far farther than
little less than
much/many more than
stupid less stupid than


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It is great, and easy to understand😍😍

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Excellent material.

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