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What are the double comparatives in English? Posted by on Oct 30, 2020 in English Grammar, English Language, English Vocabulary

Hey guys! Hope you are having a nice week. And how is your English level, by the way? Have you been studying hard? Well, as you must know, the more you practice, the better! And this is why today’s post will cover what we call the double comparatives. Ever heard of them? It is a simple yet hugely popular structure in the English language. So let’s get moving, shall we?

When to use the double comparatives

So here is how it goes: we use the double comparatives, well, you guessed it, for comparing things! More specifically, when we want to describe two interconnected situations in which a change in either one of them will end up affecting the other. Basically, we are talking about a relation of cause and effect. So usually, these sentences are build from an action and its sbusequent reaction.

How to form a sentence using the double comparative

We usually go by the following structure:

THE + MORE/ LESS / -ER ….. THE + MORE/ LESS/ -ER

So take a look at the example below:

  • The more you work, the richer you will get.

This means that, as you work hard, you will end up earning more and more money as a result, and therefore getting rich. You should also note that the double comparative can be used to express a situation not only in the present, but also in the past or in the future:

  • The longer he waited, the more impatient he became [past]

  • The less I worry, the more relaxed I feel [present]

How about we go over more examples, then?

  • The faster you drive, the quicker you will get there.
  • The older we get, the wiser we become.
  • The higher you climb the mountain, the colder it gets.
  • The more she works out, the healthier she gets.
  • The more we waited for her, the more worried we got.
  • The more children you have, the less free time you will get.
  • The more you spend, the less money you’ll save.
  • The bigger the strawberries, the juicer they will be.
  • The drunker he got, the less I could understand him.
  • The closer to the city center an apartment is, the more expensive it will be.

    Remember: the moreyou study English, the more you’ll learn (Photo by StockSnap from Pixabay)

It is also possible to use a shortened version to imply the ideia of action and reaction:

  • How do you like you gin-tonic? – The stronger the better (The stronger the gin tonic is, the better it will be/ the better it will make me feel)
  • Can I invite my sister to the party? Why not?  – The more, the merrier 
  • What kind of phone were you looking for?  – I don’t really care, the cheaper, the better 

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Can you come up with any sentences using the double comparatives in English? Leave your thoughts in the comment box below. That’s it and I hope too see you guys soon. The sooner the better!

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