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How do you compare things in French?

For example:

That sandwich was not as good as the last one I had here. (at a restaurant)
The bus was not as fast as it normally is, so I got home late.

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The regular comparative:

  • plus+adj+que (more+adj+than)
  • aussi+adj+que (as+adj+as)
  • moins+adj+que (less+adj+than)

Le requin est plus gros que les poissons.

Les fraises sont aussi rouges que les fleurs.

La tortue est moins rapide que le lièvre.

The regular superlative:

  • le/la/les+moins/plus+adj

La chambre la moins spacieuse.

The irregular comparative forms:

  • For "mauvais"(bad) the comparative is "plus mauvais" or "pire".
  • For "bon"(good) the comparative is "meilleur" (for the feminine form we add "e" in the end of meilleur=meilleure)

Mes problèmes sont pires que les tiens.

The irregular superlative forms:

  • le plus mauvais / Le pire(s)
  • le meilleur(es)

J'ai passé les pires vacances de ma vie !

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Not fleures, but fleurs. –  Franck Lefort Dec 2 '11 at 10:56
    
Yes, of course! –  une personne Dec 2 '11 at 19:37

You'll want to use "pas aussi ... que..." for "not as ... as ...".

Ce sandwich n'était pas aussi bon que le dernier que j'ai mangé ici.

Le bus n'était pas aussi rapide que d'habitude, et donc je suis arrivé plus tard à la maison.

But that's not really comparing things - in which case you could say:

Ce sandwich était moins bon que le dernier que j'ai mangé ici (This sandwich was less good than the last one I ate here)

And also, if that stupid sandwich was, after all, better:

Ce sandwich est meilleur que le dernier que j'ai mangé ici. (This sandwich is better than the last one I had here.)

Or:

Cet arbre est plus grand que ma maison. (This tree is taller than my house.)

(There is no word for "plus grand" in French)

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