How to make comparisons II: Italian grammar lesson 134

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Summary

Get ready to level up your Italian with our guide on mastering comparatives! Learn the ins and outs of using più and meno to compare everything from adjectives to verbs, and even nouns. 🇮🇹✨

  • Adjective Showdown: When you’re pitting two adjectives against each other, stick with più + adjective + che. It’s like saying someone is “more sweet than sour” in Italian style. 🍬 > 🍋
  • Preposition Play: Got a preposition in your comparison? Use più or meno to jazz up your sentence. It’s like choosing between a movie or a concert – both rock, but one just più! 🎥🎤
  • Verb Vibe: Comparing actions? Throw in più before your verb to spice things up. It’s the difference between a marathon and a sprint in the language race. 🏃💨
  • Noun Nuance: When nouns are in the ring, più + noun + che is your go-to combo. It’s like saying pizza is more life than food – deep, right? 🍕❤️
  • Adverb Action: Even adverbs can get in on the comparative fun with più and meno. It’s all about tweaking the intensity of your actions. Go big or go home! 🚀
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What is il comparativo in Italian?

In Italian, we form the comparative using the words più (more) and meno (less).

Luca è più nervoso che arrabbiato.

Luca is more nervous than he is angry.

È meno divertente giocare a calcio che a tennis.

It is less fun to play football than tennis.

Let’s take a look at the other possible way of forming the comparative in Italian: più + adjective + che + second part of the comparison.

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When to use più che and meno che?

We use più + adjective + che when:

  • The second part of the comparison is another adjective.

Giorgio è più affascinante che bello.

Giorgio is more charming than he is handsome.

  • The second part of the comparison is preceded by a preposition.

È più interessante andare a teatro che al cinema.

It is more interesting to go to the theatre than to the cinema.

  • The second part of the comparison is a verb.

Nuotare è più stancante che camminare.

Swimming is more tiring than walking.

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How to use più che and meno che?

The structure più ___ che ___ can also be used when the word between più and che is not an adjective.

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We use it when:

Rosa è più una sorella che una semplice amica.

Rosa is more of a sister than just a friend.

Mi piace più mangiare che cucinare!

I prefer to eat than to cook!

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Il comparativo: examples

Now that you’ve learned how to use the structure più + ____ + che correctly, let’s have a look at some more examples of this form of comparative.

Remember, with this structure, the first term of comparison does not have to be an adjective, but can also be a verb, adverb, or noun.

Secondo te, correre è più stancante che nuotare?

What do you think, is running more tiring than swimming?

Pensavo Lucio fosse più uno scienziato che un professore.

I thought Lucio was more of a scientist than a professor.

Ho più sete che fame!

I am more hungry than I am thirsty!

Caterina è più furba che bella.

Caterina is more cunning than beautiful.

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FAQs on How to make comparisons II: Italian grammar lesson 134

How do you use "che" in Italian?

The word "che" in Italian is a versatile part of speech that can function as a relative pronoun, an interrogative adjective and pronoun, an indefinite adjective and pronoun, a conjunction, an adverb, and more. It can be translated into English as that or who, and is commonly used as both an interrogative adjective and pronoun.

How to do comparisons in Italian?

When comparing two entities in Italian, it is common to use the terms "più di" (more) or "meno di" (less) to denote a difference in quality or aspect. This comparison can be made between people, places, objects, or abstract nouns.

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    1. Hi Anirudh, great question! The phrases “più/meno…che…” and “più/meno di” are not interchangeable in Italian. We use “più/meno…che…” when comparing two things directly. For example, “Luca è più nervoso che arrabbiato” (Luca is more nervous than angry). On the other hand, “più/meno di” is used when comparing quantities or amounts. For example, “Ho più di dieci libri” (I have more than ten books). So, the choice between the two depends on what you’re trying to express. I hope this clarifies your doubt. Feel free to ask if you have more questions!

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