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The + Comparative, the + comparative:
The more…the more…
‘The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.’ (Albert Einstein)
The less…the less….
The less you try, the less you learn.
Or any combination …
The more complicated something is to do, the longer it takes to do it, (and the harder you have to try!)
The less you know, the better. (Title of album by DJ Shadow)
…but the basic idea is the same:
The + comparative, the + comparative.
Try these sentences. Many of them are everyday expressions. Use ‘more’, ‘less’ (according to logic) and the comparative form of the adjective:
1. The ( ) you practise, the (easy) it will be.
2. Please come to the party- The ( ), the merrier!
3. Do it as quick as you can- the (soon), the (good)!
4. The ( ) the teacher explains, and the (simple) his explanation, the ( ) the students will understand.
5. The (old) you get, the (slow) you run, but the (far) your knowledge takes you!
What do you think about these quotes?
Michel Legrand — ‘The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realise, the less I know.’
Anonymous – ‘The more I see of other people, the better I like my dog.’
Leave a message below if you know another expression with this structure..