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Stronger than me - Comparing elements

Maria Regina de Almeida, Especial para a Página 3 Pedagogia & Comunicação

"One of the most basic and powerful of human cognitive processes is the ability to comprehend and express that two things are similar or different". (Celce-Murcia and Larsen-Freeman, 2009)

Take a look at this:
 

"You should be stronger than me
You've been here seven years longer than me"

 

These are two lines from a song entitled "Stronger than me", performed by Amy Winehouse. In this part we are comparing two elements - you x me.
 

  • Listen to the song
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  • See the lyrics

    In English, it works like that:

    For short adjectives, up to around six letters (sorry for not being precise but, yes, it's around six letters, for this is no mathematics), we just add the end er to the word.

    Examples:
     
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  • Cold - colder
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  • Strong - stronger
    So, I say:

    Paulo is stronger than me.
    Today is colder than yesterday.

    For longer adjectives we don't add er. We add a new word before the adjective: more.

    Examples:
     
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  • Beautiful - more beautiful
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  • Elegant - more elegant

    So, I say:
     
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  • This house is more beautiful than the other.
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  • Jane is much more elegant than her sister.

    Now, try to compare the following elements, using the adjectives given (check the answers):

    1- a house x a car - expensive
    2- a house x a car - cheap
    3- my best friend x I - tall
    4- my best friend x I - short
    5- Portuguese x English - easy
    6- Portuguese x English - difficult
  • Maria Regina de Almeida, Especial para a Página 3 Pedagogia & Comunicação tem bacharelato e licenciatura em Língua Inglesa pela Universidade de S. Paulo e faz pós-graduação na mesma área.

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