Korean: 보다、더 | More...than...


The grammar we are going to explain here is a comparative grammar:보다、더. You can use grammar like 'compare size', 'compare high and low', 'compare good and bad', etc.

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The grammar we are going to explain here is a comparative grammar: 보다、더. You can use grammar like "compare size", "compare high and low", "compare good and bad", etc.

More~ | 더

"더" means "more". For example, "더 좋다" means "better".
By adding "더" in front of the adjective, it means "more...".

Here are some examples of adjectives preceded by "더".

Adjectivemore해요-type
크다더 크다(bigger)더 커요
작다더 작다(smaller)더 작아요
길다더 길다(longer)더 길어요
짧다더 짧다(shorter)더 짧아요
높다더 높다(higher)더 높아요
낮다더 낮다(lower)더 낮아요
빠르다더 빠르다(faster)더 빨라요
느리다더 느리다(slower)더 느려요

Examples

농구가 더 커요.

Basketball is bigger.

여름 기온이 더 높아요.

The summer temperature is higher.

기린의 목은 더 길어요.

The giraffe's neck is longer.

Than ~ | ~보다

When you want to add a comparison object, you can use "보다" to specify the comparison object.
That is, "more ... than the comparator".
The grammatical rule for such an expression is

Comparator + 보다 + (더) + adjective

If 보다 is present, 더 can be omitted.

Examples

농구는 야구보다 더 커요.

Basketball is bigger than baseball.

여름은 겨울보다 기온이 더 높아요.

Summer has a higher temperature than winter.

기린의 목은 호랑이의 목보다 더 길어요.

The giraffe's neck is longer than that of a tiger.

기차가 자전거보다 더 빨라요.

The train is faster than the bike.

버스를 타는 것보다 걷는 데 더 많은 시간이 걸립니다.

It takes more time to walk than to take the bus.

신제품의 기능은 기존 제품보다 좋다.

The function of the new product is better than the existing product.

Conclusion

  • Grammar of comparison: 보다 + (더) + adjective

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