Comparatives are used to compare two things.

For one syllable adjectives: adjective –er + than

He is taller than his cousin.

For two or more syllable adjectives: more + adjective + than (to show the opposite use less instead of more before the adjective).

This ring is more expensive than that one.

For adjectives ending in ‘y’: drop the ‘y’ and adjective –ier + than

She is funnier than him.

There are exceptions – good (better), bad (worse), far (further/farther), etc.

If the second person or thing being compared isn’t mentioned in the sentence, we drop than.

Which is more important, money or power? I think money is more important.

We can also use comparatives to compare one person or thing with all the rest of the people or things in their group.

John is more diligent than all of his classmates.

Comparative questions

  1. Is it better to have many friends or just a few close friends?
  2. Compare two recent movies. Which one is more entertaining?
  3. Which cell phone brand do you think is better? Why?
  4. Which is more important, money or happiness?
  5. Compare two types of foreign food. Which is more delicious? Which is cheaper?
  6. Which is more enjoyable, going to a theme park or going to a museum? Why?
  7. Who is more influential, politicians or celebrities?
  8. Which is more relaxing, reading a book or watching TV? Why?
  9. Do you think that corruption or poverty is a bigger problem? Why?
  10. Compare two countries. Which one is a better vacation spot?
  11. Is it better to have more free time or more money? Why?
  12. Which is more important, friends or family? Why?
  13. Is it better to live in the country or in a city? Why?
  14. Compare two musicians. Who do you think is more talented?
  15. Which is more exciting, playing a video game or playing a sport? Why?
  16. Which is more comfortable, a couch or a recliner?
  17. Which is a better place to have a vacation, mountains or a beach? Why?