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English Grammar

Comparative Adjective Structure

There are two ways to create a comparative adjective.

Adjectives with 1 syllable or adjectives with 2 syllables if the word ends in -y, then -er is added to the end of the word.


  • Adjectives ending in -y; change the -y to -i and add -er.
  • Adjectives that end with a consonant, vowel, consonant - the last consonant is doubled and -er is added to the end of the adjective.


  • cold - colder
  • small - smaller
  • tall - taller
  • early - earlier
  • happy - happier
  • crazy - crazier
  • big - bigger
  • fat - fatter
  • hot - hotter

Adjectives with 3 more syllables, and words with 2 syllables that do not end in -y. The word "more" or "less" is placed before the adjective.

Note: Adjectives that end in -e, only -r is added to end of the adjective.


  • honest - more honest
  • difficult - more difficult
  • modern - more modern
  • expensive - more expensive
  • difficult - more difficult
  • comfortable - more comfortable

Note: "Than" is usually usually used after the comparative adjective.

What are adjectives?

Order Of Adjectives

Adjective & Nouns

Denominal Adjectives

Comparative Adjectives

Comparative Adjective Structure

As...As Comparative Adjectives

Using 2 & 3 Adjective Together

Superlative Adjectives

Superlative Adjective Structure

Adjective With Verbs

-ed and -ing Adjectives

Possessive Adjectives