Double Comparatives: the MORE you study, the BETTER your English!

Double comparatives are a fun way to show a cause and effect relationship. They are quite common in English since they are short and to the point.


Good Better BEST! comparatives

Do you know what comparatives are?  Recently, we discussed how to use comparative adjectives such as better, happier, and more beautiful.

To read that post, click on the link:
“Good, Better, BEST: Comparative & Superlative Adjectives.”

How to make double comparatives:

The simplest form uses only comparative adjectives. The two comparatives are separated by a comma. The first one leads to the second. Here are some examples:

rich-man-richer-better-double-comparatives What kind of guy would you like to marry?

The richer, the better!

(More wealth makes the guy a better choice for me.)

 cheaper-hotel-better-double-comparatives Which hotel should we stay at on our vacation?

The cheaper, the better.

(A lower price makes the hotel a better choice for me.)

worse-score-angrier-mom-sadder-feel-double-comparatives Adding to the comparative:

You can place a subject and verb after the comparative to add more information.

For example:

  • The harder the test is, the lower my score is.
    • The test is harder, so my score is lower.
  • The lower my score is, the angrier my mom is.
    • My score is lower, so my mom is angrier.
  • The angrier my mom is, the worse I feel.
      • My mom is angrier, so I feel worse.


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You can compare using adverbs. For example:

The harder you push yourself, the faster you run.

The faster you run, the more quickly you reach the finish line.


You can also compare using nouns. For example:

The more time you spend on Facebook, the more friends you will probably have.

The more ideas you think of, the more posts you make.



Now you try! See if you can compare using adjectives, adverbs, and nouns.

(Possible answers are below)

More babies cuter faster comparatives


Possible Answers:

The more babies you have, the less free time you have.

The more babies you have, the more expensive it is.

The more babies you have, the more equipment you need.

The harder babies cry, the more quickly you feed them.

The more you feed them, the bigger they grow.

The cuter babies are, the happier you feel.