Grammar Patterns

Comparative adjectives

Pattern 1: the ADJ-COMPAR

The comparative adjective follows the, with no noun following.
This sometimes indicates that two things are being compared. The group can be used as a Subject or Object, as well as a Complement.
In talking to the couple, it is clear that Donna is the more rigid.
There's an old joke which involves two old friends arguing about who is being the more unfaithful.
She sent her daughters off to boarding school when the younger was only four.
This pattern sometimes indicates that a person or thing is being compared with what is expected. The comparative adjective is found with something that indicates a reason, such as a prepositional phrase beginning with for, a clause beginning with because, or a prepositional phrase or clause beginning with given, or it comes after a verb such as make which indicates causation.
Baron Eberhard von Stohrer was a tall career diplomat whose figure was the more imposing because of his tendency to wear a long military cloak.
Fanny's production rate is the more impressive given that there was hardly a time when she was not nursing a sick family member.
Grainger's achievement is the more remarkable for having taken place in isolation.
This 18th Century mill village is the more remarkable for its spectacular setting, deep in the luxuriously wooded Clyde gorge.
Comparative adjectives used in this way sometimes follow the adverb all.
Envy feeds jealousy and makes it all the more bitter.
It was an unforgettable tale, all the more extraordinary for being true.

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