14.8 Comparative

14.8.1 English comparative

With the comparative a characteristic of an object or an action is compared to another one. The referred object can be a noun, an adjectives or an adverbs. When comparing, we usually differentiate between equal and different. Within the group of 'different' one can devide between superior and suborinated. However, the author is of the opinion that the subordination can only be a variation of superiority or equality as the examples will show.

Comparative of adjectives
superiority: Maria is more beautiful than the rising sun.
  equality: Maria is as beautiful as the rising sun.
  subordination: The rising sun is less beautiful as Maria.
Comparative of adverbs
  superiority: A greyhound runs faster than a poodle.
  equality: A greyhound runs as fast as a poodle.
  subordination: A poodle runs not as fast as the greyhound.
Comparative of nouns
  superiority: Fix has more toys than Foxi.
  equality: Fix has as much toys as Foxi.
  subordination: Fix has less toys than Foxi.

The structure is always the same. There is no difference in whether the referred object is a noun, an adjective or an adverb.

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