"We’ve got a little more to show you" about Smaller, Thinner and Lighter .... 更

"We’ve got a little more to show you"  about Smaller, Thinner and Lighter .... 更

By methodshop.com

[Learn Chinese in 5 minutes a day]

People may have received invites with the title "We’ve got a little more to show you" from Apple this month, I believe that it is about something "Smaller, Thinner and Lighter":

  • Smaller means 更小
  • Thinner means 更薄
  • Lighter means 更輕

In English, there are some rules to make comparisons, for example, if the adjective is one syllable, you can add -er; if the adjective has two syllables, but ends in -y, change the end to -ier; if the adjectives are of two syllables and more, you can't change their endings,  instead, you should use more + adjective; you also need to remember that some adjectives are irregular and need to change the form entirely for making comparisons, e.g. good –> better; bad –> worse; far –> further.

Quite a number of rules, isn't it?



In Chinese, you do not need to check if the adjective has one syllable or two or more, no need to memorize different rules for making comparisons, especially no need to memorize the irregular adjectives, all you need to do is simply add 更 before the adjective, where 更 means more:

  • Small means 小, so 更小 means smaller
  • Thin means 薄, 更薄 means thinner
  • Light means 輕, 更輕 means lighter

I’ve got a little more to show you too, 我有多一點要告訴你 :
You can also use 比較 instead of 更,  比較 means comparatively

  • Smaller, 更小 = 比較小  
  • Thinner, 更薄 = 比較薄
  • lighter, 更輕 = 比較輕 

A little more of  little more

比較 can also be used as a verb, i.e.Compare in English.  You can do a simple exercise now, learning Chinese from comparing:


After reading this article, I hope you could learn at least  two useful Chinese new words in just 10 minutes, 更 and 比較.


Author: AC Chan


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