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08 ‘More easier’ or ‘much easier’? – comparatives

I often hear English students say something like: ‘It’s much more easier’ or ‘It’s much more colder today than yesterday’. Would you say this phrase too? I am asking you because you need to remember that it is not correct. All adjectives in English are divided into two groups. Depending on what group the word belongs (and I explain in the episode how you know which), you either add -er to the adjective or more before it. So, I will give you a visual table on how to form the comparatives easily (don’t forget to watch the video episode for remembering better). Also, I will show you how to add gradation to your comparative. You will know how to show that something is ‘a bit easier’ or ‘much more interesting’. I need only 3 minutes to teach you this important grammar – how cool is that? So, let’s go!

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Key takeaways

Typical Mistakes corrected:

much more easier

more happy – Correct: happier

much [?] expensive than – Correct: much more expensive than

The rule

 

Short 1-syllable words (hot, hard, fast) and 2-syllable words ending -y (happy, easy) add suffix -er. E.g. hotter, harder, faster, happier, easier

2-syllable words without -y (modern) and longer words (beautiful, difficult) add more. E.g. more modern, more beautiful, more difficult.

exceptions

good – better, bad – worse, far – further / farther, clever – clever

modifiers

Not a big difference: a bit, a little

Big difference: a lot, much, far

example sentences:

It’s much easier than you think.

It’s much colder today than it was yesterday.​

(He is 180cm high, and I am 155cm high) – He is much taller than me.

(One book costs $5 and the other costs $6.5) – Book 1 is a bit more expensive than Book2.

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