Repeated Comparatives

Comparatives and Superlatives - Lesson #5

Repeated comparatives are used to describe actions or things that are increasing or decreasing. They are used to show trends and emphasize.

Repeated comparatives are not necessary. We use them when we want to emphasize and make our language stronger. Repeated comparatives can make our language sound strong and natural.
  • Your English is getting better.
  • Your English is getting better and better.
Both sentences above have the same meaning, but the second sentence is stronger and emphasizes that it is a continuing thing.

We almost always use continuous verbs tenses with this grammar.

Here is how we make and use repeated comparatives.

1. For comparatives that end in "-er", just repeat it 2 times.
  • The weather is getting hotter and hotter.
  • Air pollution is getting worse and worse.
  • Young people are waiting longer and longer to get married.
  • The city is becoming louder and louder.
  • Education is getting better and better in my hometown.
  • I will work harder and harder every day.
2. For comparatives that use "more/less + adjective", repeat these words two times. But do not repeat the adjective.
  • Milk is getting more and more expensive.
  • She has been acting more and more peculiar.
  • It is becoming more and more difficult.
3. Just repeat the word "more" or "less" two times when it is used as an adverb.
  • She is complaining more and more these days.
  • They are talking less and less these days.
  • My son is studying more and more diligently.
4. We can use "more and more + noun" to show that something is increasing or "fewer and fewer + noun" to show that something is decreasing.
  • More and more companies are offering flexible work schedules.
  • More and more people are not getting married.
  • More and more cities are trying to reduce pollution.
  • Fewer and fewer people are studying history at this university.
  • Fewer and fewer companies are providing free after sales service.
  • Fewer and fewer people in this city are eating fast food.
  • I am getting more and more stress.
  • She is earning more and more money.
  • He is talking to fewer and fewer people.
Repeated comparatives can make your English sound advanced and natural. They can also help you emphasize and use stronger language.

You can use repeated comparatives in daily life and in more formal situations. Repeated comparatives are useful in any situation.

Improve your English grammar and learn to speak fluently with this simple practice. Finish the sentence below and then practice making your own sentences. It is the best way to learn English fast!

More and more people are _______________.
More and more people in my city are _______________.
Fewer and fewer companies in my country are _______________.
Fewer and fewer university students are _______________.
_______________ is getting more and more expensive.
_______________ is getting better and better.
_______________ is getting worse and worse.
_______________ has been getting better and better.
I am becoming more and more interested in _______________.
I am getting more and more excited about _______________.
I am getting angrier and angrier about _______________.
I am getting more and more stress because _______________.