English Grammar Adverbs of Comparison

When we compare what two things or people do we look at what makes one different from the other.

Adverbs of comparison are used to show what one thing does better or worse than the other.

When an adverb ends in -ly, more is put in front of the adverb.

For example:-

  • "Jill did her homework more frequently."

The rule for forming the comparative of an adverb is if it has the same form as an adjective add the suffix -er to the end.

For example:-

  • "Jill did her homework faster."

The following irregular adverbs are exceptions to this rule:

  • 'well' becomes 'better'
  • 'badly' becomes 'worse'
  • 'little' becomes 'less'

For example:

  • "Jill was better."
  • "Jack was worse."
  • "To lose weight you need to eat less."

When comparing two things you need to put than between the adverb and what is being compared.

For example:-

  • "Jill did her homework faster than Jack."
  • "Jill did her homework more frequently than Jack."
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