Lisa is talking to her friend Brian about buying a new car.

Lisa: Hey Brian, you know lots about cars?

Brian: Well, I know a bit. I don't know about lots. Why?

Lisa: Ahh, I need to change my old Daihatsu. It's just getting too expensive to run and always breaking down. It's a bit of an old wreck now if I'm honest.

Brian: Well, isn't that the truth. Haha.

Lisa: Hmm. Anyway, I really need something more modern and reliable. I've actually been looking at brochures. I got it down to two now, the Vios and the Brio but I'm not sure which one to get.

Brian: Good choice. Let's think. Well, the Brio is more economical than the Vios and you do do a lot of city driving.

Lisa: Yeah, that's true but the Vios is faster and I am a little bored of slow cars.

Brian: True. But the Vios isn’t as cheap as the Brio. Do you really want to spend the extra money for a little more speed?

Lisa: Hmm, I'm not sure about that to be honest. I'll need to think about it but at least they're both cheaper than the BMW I first looked at.

Brian: Haha, a lot cheaper. I doubt you could afford that on your salary. Anyway. Have a think about it. And don't rush into anything. They're both good.

Lisa: Yes, I need to think about it. Thanks for the advice.

Brian: You’re welcome.

Grammar Notes

Point 1: We often use comparatives in discussions leading to decisions.
  1. Spain is not as wet as Britain, so I think I will go there for my vacation.
  2. The Brio is more economical than the Vios, so I will buy the Brio.
Point 2: One syllable adjectives and most two syllable adjectives make positive comparatives ending in 'er'. Three or more syllable adjectives use 'more/less' with the adjective.
  1. A house in the city is more expensive than one in the country.
  2. Canada is wetter than Mexico.
  3. Spain is not as wet as the UK.
  4. A house in the country is less expensive than one in the city.
Point 3: Be careful with irregular comparatives.
  1. good - better
  2. bad - worse
Point 4: Comparatives can also be used to imply a relative difference from the norm.
  1. This is a school for quicker learners.
  2. It’s in a group of faster cars.
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Complete the sentences with the words below.
expensive • smart • good • beautiful • old
  1. He isn't as as his sister. She has retired already.
  2. Humans are than birds.
  3. She was when she was young and working as a model.
  4. Man U are than Bolton at soccer.
  5. Pork is than chicken in the market.