Comparisons

More than or less than

Follow these formulas to make comparisons:

  • plus + adjective (or adverb or noun) + que = more … than
  • moins + adjective (or adverb or noun) + que = less … than

Here are some examples:

  • Louise est plus petite que sa soeur. (Louise is smaller than her sister.)
  • Il court moins vite que moi. (He runs less fast than I do.)
  • Il est plus sportif que nous croyions. (He is more athletic than we believed.)
  • Je suis plus triste que féchée. (I'm more sad than angry.)
  • Elle est moins contente qu'avant. (She less happy than before.)

Superlatives

The superlative expresses the quality of something or someone at the highest or lowest degree in comparison with a set group.

Follow this formula to express the superlative:

  • le (or la or les) plus (or moins) + adjective (or adverb or noun) + de

For example:

  • Louise est la plus petite de la famille. (Louise is the smallest of the family.)
  • Il court le moins vite de tous. (He runs the least fast of everybody.)

Equality

To express “as … as” use the French expression:

  • aussi + adjective (or adverb) + que:
  • Elle est aussi intelligente que moi. (She is as intelligent as I am.)
  • Il parle aussi couramment que Luc. (He speaks as fluently as Luke.)

Use the following formulas to express “as much” or “as many”:

  • autant de + noun + que + noun (or pronoun)
  • autant que + noun (or pronoun)
  • J'ai autant d'argent que lui. (I have as much money as he does.)
  • Il travaille autant que son frère. (He works as much as his brother.)