Comparison (porovnávání)

Čísla (numbers)


There are 3 degrees of comparison:


a/ one – syllable adjectives and two – syllable adjectives ending in –y are compared by means of:

 -erthe -est
latelaterthe latest
bigbiggerthe biggest
  • with a few two – syllable adjectives both ways of comparison are possible:

These are ending in –er, -ow, -le

e.g. clever – cleverer      –     the cleverest

– more clever –    the most clever

yellow, gentle…

  • extra skupina:  more – the most

common, quiet, handsome, polite, pleasant, wicked, stupid, cruel, tired

  • irregular: good – better – the best

bad  –  worse – the worst

late  –  later   –  the latest (nejnovější)

–  latter  –  the last    (poslední)

–     the former – the latter: John and Frank are students. The former is getting on well, the latter

wants drop out.

  • His latest book is better than his last book.
  • Far –  farther – the farthest

–  further – the furthest

=>  both refer to the distance : It´s farther / further from here.

=>  the system of further education

=>  I can´t give you any further information = extra or additional

–      old – older – the oldest

– elder – the eldest + son, daughter, brother, sister … členové rodiny – my elder / older sister

–      little – less / lesser – the least : The Lesser Town, The Lesser Bear, the lesser of the two evils

(menší zlo)

b/ two and more – syllable words:

modern      –   more / less modern     –     the most / least modern

interesting –    more / less interesting-     the most / least interesting


1/ How to form them?

a/ adjective  +  ly  = adverb

slow         +  ly  = slowly

b/ adjective  = adverb

fast          = fast ( back, early, far, long, straight)

hard         = hard( hardly- sotva, stěží)

hard – This is hard work. hard – I can hardly understand.
deep – A deep pond deep – Deeply hard (hluboce)
direct – Direct way Call the doctor directly (okamžitě).
high – A high mountain high – It´s s highly interesting. = very
late – A late train I haven´t seen him lately.

c/  adjective          adverb

friendly            in a friendly way

interesting       in an interesting way

2/ How to compare them?

a/ slowly                         more slowly                       (the) most slowly

b/ fast                            faster                                  (the) fastest

hard                            harder                               (the) hardest

c/ in a friendly way          in a more friendly way        in the most friendly way

in an interesting way    in an more interesting way  in the most interesting way

e.g.   He laughs best who laughs last( není člen). The machine runs most quietly at 6,000 revolutions per minute. He went furthest of all saying we were idiots. The longest I can stay is 3 hours. The Mousetrap is the longest running play.

– irregular comparatives:well – better – best

badly- worse – worst

little – less – least

– talking about similar things:He drives like his father.

He drives just like his father.

Drive as fast as you can.

Living in the country is as expensive as living in a town.

Living in the country is not as expensive as living in a town.

I´ve never been to such a good party as this one.

– talking about differences:I´m older than he is. (formal)

I´m older than him. ( informal)

He drives better than he does (F) / him (I).

This is much more / a lot more / far more / rather more / a little more

/a bit more expensive.

– continuous change:He´s getting fatter and fatter.

Are you any happier now?

The – the :the more, the better

the faster you drive, the more petrol you will use

Far ( C+ U) – far / much more water ( U)

-far / many more water  (C)

– superlative:She´s the most sensible of them all / in the class.

She´s by far the most sensible girl.

X       That was most kind of you.  = very

That was a most interesting talk. = very / highly

Most people don´t agree. = většina

just – more just

shy – shyer

dry – drier

a kind harted woman – a kinder harted woman

hard working – more hard working