4 Ways to Use Comparatives in Spanish

Updated: Nov 18, 2020

Imagine you are participating in a discussion about ideas. It's not small talk. It's a discussion about how you feel about something important, like your beliefs, politics, who you feel is better for a job, and so on. Using the right phrases and grammar structures can help you express your ideas well. Knowing how to compare and contrast is a particularly useful tool to get your point across in an interesting way. In this post, you’ll learn everything you need to know about Spanish comparatives.

Specifically, you’ll discover how to master comparatives in Spanish by avoiding a few of the most common mistakes that English natives make with these Spanish phrases.

We’ll start by looking at the four main structures for making comparisons in Spanish.

a) Comparing adjectives

b) Superlative adjectives

c) Comparing adverbs

d) Comparing nouns

1. Comparative Adjectives

The comparative structure expresses more than, less than, or the same as. Let's see some examples.

a) More than

The Use the rule más + adjective + que to compare two things.

  • Juliana es más fuerte que Juan. (July is stronger than Jhon)

  • La revista es más interesante que el libro. (The magazine is more interesting than the book)

b) Less than