Modifying Comparatives and Superlatives

Learn how to modify comparatives and superlatives in order to describe small and big differences.

Modifying Comparatives

Small Differences

Slightly

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comparative adjective

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(than)


Their new album was slightly better than their previous one.


A bit

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comparative adjective

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(than)


This summer was a bit colder than last year.


A little

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comparative adjective

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(than)


The film was a little scarier than the one we saw yesterday.


No

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comparative adjective

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(than)


If he did the same, he’s no better than her.


Rather

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comparative adjective

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(than)


It’s rather warmer than usual this week.


A little less

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adjective

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(than)


It’s supposed to be a little less cloudy tomorrow.


Almost

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as

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adjective

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as


This hotel is almost as nice as the last one we stayed in


Nearly

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as

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adjective

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as


Her score was nearly as good as his.


Not quite

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as

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adjective

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as


Today wasn’t quite as warm as yesterday.


Big Differences

Far

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comparative adjective

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(than)


We think that Evan is a far better candidate for the job.


Much

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comparative adjective

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(than)


New York is much bigger than Warsaw.


A lot

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comparative adjective

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(than)


Her car is a lot more expensive than his.


Whole lot

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comparative adjective

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(than)


His latest film was a whole lot more interesting than his other ones.


Considerably

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comparative adjective

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(than)


Today’s test was considerably harder than the last one.


Not Nearly

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as

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adjective

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as


Their dog isn’t nearly as friendly as ours.


Modifying Superlatives

Small Differences

Quite

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(the)

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superlative adjective


It’s quite the most relaxing holiday we’ve ever had.


Big Differences

By far

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(the)

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superlative adjective


This is by far the best birthday I’ve ever had.


Easily

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(the)

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superlative adjective


It’s easily his most popular song.


(the)

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superlative adjective

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object

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Ever


This has been the best year ever for our company.


Without a doubt

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(the)

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superlative adjective


It’s without a doubt the worst weather we’ve had in a while.