Modifying Comparatives & Superlatives
much, far, a lot, rather, a little, a bit, slightly, even, any, yet, no + comparative adjective (Examples)
- She is much older than her husband. (NOT She is very older than her husband.)
- She is far more dependable than her brother.
- I’m a whole lot happier now.
- She is a lot less careful than her sister.
- She would have ﬁnished that job rather more quickly.
- Their attitude was a little less enthusiastic.
- Her performance was even worse than her co-star’s.
- Is he any better?
- She looks no older than her daughter.
When ‘more’ modiﬁes a plural noun, it is modiﬁed by ‘many’.
- There are many more opportunities available to students in the UK than in Greece.
much, by far, quite, almost, practically, nearly, easily + superlative adjective
- She is much the most intelligent of them all.
- She is by far the oldest in the ﬁrm.
- She’s quite the most amazing person I’ve ever met.
- This is easily the worst ﬁlth. I’ve seen in a long time.