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    the comparative

    the more you study, the more you know. I would like to know the rules for this structure,please can anybody help me?
    thanks a lot

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    Re: the comparative

    Quote Originally Posted by carla guaraldi
    the more you study, the more you know. I would like to know the rules for this structure,please can anybody help me?
    thanks a lot
    I'm not sure what you're asking. Your example is stated correctly. The second part is a consequence of the first part.

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    When two things are compared and one depends on the other, we use a comparative with 'the'. The more you eat, the fatter you'll get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    When two things are compared and one depends on the other, we use a comparative with 'the'. The more you eat, the fatter you'll get.
    Here's the rule:

    Use the + comparative form of the adjective + the + comparative form of the adjetive to show a cause-and-effect relationship.

    The more crowded the restaurant, the slower the service.

    The riper the peach, the better it tastes.

    The more I see her, the less I like her.

    :)

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    do you use adverbs in this structure?
    thanks for your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carla guaraldi
    do you use adverbs in this structure?
    thanks for your help.
    So sorry! I was in a hurry and didn't do a thorough job. (The older I get, the more forgetful I become.) :wink:

    You most certainly can use adverbs this way, too.

    Use the + comparative form of the adverb + the + comparative form of the adverb to show a cause-and-effect relationship.

    The harder he played, the better he performed.

    The harder he tries, the better he does.

    The faster I walk, the more tired I get.

    :) :)

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    thanks very much you really helped me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carla guaraldi
    thanks very much you really helped me.
    You're welcome. :D

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    Susie Smith, you explained that wonderfully well.

    Excellent!

    :D :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Susie Smith, you explained that wonderfully well.

    Excellent!

    :D :D
    I try.

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