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

Let's talk about how to use comparatives in your English speaking.

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I often hear English students say something like: ‘It’s much more easier’ or ‘It’s much more colder today.

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, you EITHER add -er to the adjective OR more before it. In the episode, we will practise doing that together.

I will also 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? 

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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