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How to make comparisons II: Italian grammar lesson 134

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To practice this grammar topic, take Lesson 134 of Ripeti Con Me!

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Il comparativo: Explained

As we have just learned in the previous lesson, to compare the qualities or properties of someone (or something), we use the comparative form: il comparativo. In Italian, we form this using the words più (more) and meno (less).

  • Luca è più nervoso che arrabbiato.
    Luca is more nervous than he is angry.
  • È meno divertente giocare a calcio che a tennis.
    It is less fun to play football than tennis.

In this lesson, we are going to look at the other possible way of forming the comparative in Italian:

  • PIÙ + adjective + CHE + second part of the comparison

    più che italian

Più che / meno che: When to use

We use più + adjective + che when:

The second part of the comparison is another adjective.

  • Giorgio è più affascinante che bello.
    Giorgio is more charming than he is handsome.

How to make basic comparative sentences in Italian (il comparativo di base)

The second part of the comparison is preceded by a preposition.

  • È più interessante andare a teatro che al cinema.
    It is more interesting to go to the theatre than the cinema.

The second part of the comparison is a verb.

  • Nuotare è più stancante che camminare.
    Swimming is more tiring than walking.

comparatico più meno che

Più che / meno che: Rules

The structure più ___ che ___ can also be used when the word between più and che is not an adjective. We use it when:

We compare two nouns or pronouns.

  • Rosa è più una sorella che una semplice amica.
    Rosa is more of a sister than just a friend.

We compare two verbs or adverbs.

  • Mi piace più mangiare che cucinare!
    I prefer to eat than to cook!

    meno che Italian

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Il comparativo: Examples

Now that you’ve learned how to use the structure più + ____ + che correctly, let’s have a look at some more examples of this form of comparative. Remember, with this structure, the first term of comparison does not have to be an adjective, but can also be a verb, adverb or noun.

  • Secondo te, correre è più stancante che nuotare?
    What do you think, is running more tiring than swimming?
  • Pensavo Lucio fosse più uno scienziato che un professore.
    I thought Lucio was more of a scientist than a professor.
  • Ho più sete che fame!
    I am more hungry than I am thirsty!
  • Caterina è più furba che bella.
    Caterina is more cunning than beautiful.



To practice this grammar topic, take Lesson 134 of Ripeti Con Me!
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