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Parallel increase



The following words and/or constructions are used to show parallel increase (i.e. two comparatives).

the (word+er) the ... the more . .. the (word+er) the . .. the less ...


 


Non-equivalence

The following words and/or constructions are used to show non-equivalence (i.e. not the same).

 

not as . .. as greater than   unequal (ly)
word + er than not as many . . . as unlike
more .. . than neither ... nor ... as not the same as
fewer . . than not as much .. . as not all
less . .. than not equal to    

Examples

1. Learning a computer language is not asdifficult asit seems.

2. A mainframe is biggerand moreexpensive thana microcomputer.

3. For less than$10,000, you could have a very good microcomputer.

4. Ten years ago, there were fewercomputers in use thantoday.

5. Neitherminicomputers normicrocomputers could be as complex as large mainframes.

6. Unlikeminicomputers, microcomputers are not very flexible.

7. An analog computer is not the same asa digital computer.

8. Not allbusinesses have computerized their accounting departments.

The superlative

The following words and/or constructions are used to show one item compared with others (i.e. the superlative).


Examples

1. The biggerthe computer, the more complexthe operations it can do.

2. The smallerthe problem, the less challengingit is to the computer programmer.




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