Monday, February 25

More and More, Better and Better







The only constant thing in this world is change.



This popular saying means that all things in life change, but one thing always remains the same: the fact that things will change.



So we shouldn’t be surprised by change. Instead, we should expect and welcome it.



In fact, the sentence above is what we call a “paradox,” because it consists of two things that mean the opposite of each other (constant vs. change). But it is the truth.



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In life, we sometimes have to talk about changes – big or small, personal or social, temporary* or permanent.**


*temporary = for a short time only

**permanent = for a long time



Some changes are also fast while some are slow. But today we’re going to focus on only slow changes.



For example,



The lamp fell and it broke. = fast change


You should start drinking your coffee. It's getting cold. = slow change.



When you talk about a slow or gradual process like this, it is common to use the structure:



Present Continuous or Be V+ing



Here are more examples:



My English (skill) is getting better.


I am getting better at speaking English.


The weather is getting warmer.


You are getting more and more beautiful every day. 
(a lousy pick up line)



*For some of you who are not familiar with the word “get,” it can have the same meaning as the word “become.”




How About Stative Verbs?



As you might already know, Stative Verbs are not usually used in Be V+ing form. This is because they talk about the mind or feeling, not action or active things.



So it would be wrong to use them this way:


Ex.


I am believing my mom.= X


They are understanding the situation. = X





Note: If you would like to review the topic of Stative Verbs, just read:








But if you still want to use Stative Verbs for slow or gradual change, you can try adding the Infinitive (to + V).



Take a look:



I am starting to believe my mother. = Ok


They are beginning to understand the situation. = Ok



Of course there are some gray examples that fall in between. One such example is the use of the Verblove” as the more active “loving.”



If you’d like to read more about this topic, just click:








Better and Better



Because we are talking about changes taking place, we should also combine the Comparative form with the Present Continuous.


Ex.


You are getting taller.


The test is getting more difficult every year.



"Taller" and "more difficult" are what we call Comparative forms in English grammar. Are you familiar with how to use the Comparative?



If you are, try and answer the following quiz. Please supply the missing Comparative form of the Adjectives or Adverbs below:




Adjective / Adverb


Comparative Form
smart

?
intelligent

?
expensive

?
cheap

?
modern
?

elegant
?

quickly
?

simple
?

funny
?

cute
?




Please think about your answers first before you check my answers.
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And here they are:




Adjective / Adverb


Comparative Form
smart

smarter
intelligent

more intelligent
expensive

more expensive
cheap

cheaper
modern

more modern
elegant

more elegant
quickly

more quickly – or – quicker
simple

more simple or simpler
funny

funnier
cute

cuter



If you made some mistakes or if you’d like to learn how to make the Comparative form, just click:







After you learn how to make the Comparative, just add them to your Be V+ing sentence to talk about slow changes:



You are getting + thinner


The prices are becoming + more expensive


The motorbike is going + faster


The mountain *trail is becoming + more dangerous


*trail = way 


The economy is getting + worse/ better (irregular Adverb)



And, if you want to *emphasize the change that’s happening, just repeat the Comparative.


*emphasize = make stronger



Like this:



You are getting thinner and thinner.


The prices are becoming more and more expensive.


The motorbike is going faster and faster.


The mountain is becoming more and more dangerous.


The economy is getting worse and worse.



As you can see, if you are not familiar with the first step, which is to make Comparative forms, then you can’t make good sentences about gradual change. So familiarize yourself with the basic step before you try making long, complete sentences.



At first you won’t be able to make it fast and you will make many mistakes. But like they always say:



Practice makes perfect.





More and More People…



In all our examples, we have been practicing with Adjectives and Adverbs only:



His body is getting stronger. = Adjective


I’m getting to know her better and better. = Adverb



But you can also use the Comparative in front of Nouns, to talk about number.


Ex.


More and more people are buying iPhones.


Fewer and fewer students are attending the seminars.





Hope You Learned Something! 

Keep on learning !












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