Student or Learner
I often see comparatives with the...the... when I read or listen to English. Here are some examples.
The older I get, the happier I am.
The more I learn, the more I forget.
The more books you read the more you'll learn.
I thought until recently that two pairs of " the + comparative" are always used together. So I was a little confused when I saw the sentence below when I was reading a passage regarding breast-feeding.
"..The study, conducted on 3,253 people born from 1959 to 1961, found that their scores on IQ tests rose gradually the longer they had been breast-fed as babies..."
In the sentence above, there's only one pair of "the + comparative". Is it common to use only a set of "the plus comparative" like this?
Last edited by optimistic pessimist; 18-Dec-2008 at 05:55.
Raymott, thank you for your reply.
I'd like to ask one more thing about this. Which sentence is correct when you try to encourage your students to read books?
1. The more books you read, the more you learn.
2. The more books you read, the more you'll learn.
3. The more books you'll read, the more you learn.
4. The more books you'll read, the more you'll learn.
I assume #1 and #4 are okay, but I'm not 100 percent sure. Only about 75 percent sure.