比 / this IS BETTER than that

 
 
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See the animation below to get the idea of how simple things are

 

When we want to say that someone is FAST (not FASTER), we need to use /hěn/ to stop the verb from a comparing form

That means that when we want to compare, we can’t use /hěn/

 

EXAMPLES: simple comparison

THIS IS CHEAPER.
这 个 便宜。
Zhège piányi.
CHINESE PEOPLE ARE MORE.
中国人 多。
<Zhōngguórén duō.>
THAT IS BETTER!
那个 好!
Nàge hǎo!

 

To compare two things, we use the preposition  /bǐ/

 

EXAMPLES: this THAN that

THIS IS TASTIER THAN THAT.
这个 比 那个 好吃。
Zhège bǐ nàge hàochī.
CHINA IS BIGGER THAN JAPAN.
中国 比 日本 大。
<Zhōngguó bǐ Rìběn dà.>
JAPAN IS SMALLER THAN CHINA.
日本 比 中国 小。
Rìběn bǐ Zhōngguó xiǎo.
TEA IS MORE EXPENSIVE THAN BEER.
茶 比 啤酒 贵。
<Chá bǐ píjiǔ guì.>
MY CHINESE IS MORE FLUENT THAN HIS.
我的 汉语 比 他的 流利。
<Wǒ de hànyǔ bǐ tā de liúlì.>
THIS (drink) IS TASTIER THAN THAT.
这个 比 那个 好喝。
Zhège bǐ nàge hǎohē.

 

FIRST we compare and THEN we SPECIFY THE DIFFERENCE 

 

EXAMPLES: + the difference

HE IS 5 YEARS OLDER THAN ME.
他 比 我 大 五 岁。
<Tā bǐ wǒ dà wǔ suì.>
THIS IS 100 MORE EXPENSIVE THAN THAT.
这个 比 那个 贵 一百 块。
Zhège bǐ nàge guì yībǎi kuài.
DALI IS 10 YEARS OLDER THAN XIAOLI.
大李 比 小李 大 十岁。
Dàlí bǐ Xiǎolí dà shí suì.