Basic Comparison

// the first principle of comparing is NOT TO USE the grammar word 很 <hěn>.

 

中国很大。

<Zhōngguó hěn dà.>

CHINA IS BIG.

 

中国大。

<Zhōngguó dà.>

CHINA IS BIGGER.

 

他很

<Tā hěn kuài.>

HE IS FAST.

 

他快。

<Tā kuài.>

HE IS FASTER.

// usually we compare something with something

// for that we use the preposition  <bǐ>

// look at the following animation:

 

 

中国比日本大。

<Zhōngguó bǐ Rìběn dà.>

CHINA IS BIGGER THAN JAPAN.

 

Translate: HE IS FASTER THAN ME.

key

 他比我快。

<Tā bǐ wǒ kuài.>

 

Translate: THIS IS BETTER THAN THAT.

key

这个比那个好

<Zhège bǐ nàge hǎo.>

 

Translate: JAPANESE TEA IS MORE EXPENSIVE THAN CHINESE.

key

 日本茶比中国茶贵。

<Rìběn chá bǐ Zhōngguó chá guì.>

 

(to be) SLOW / 慢 <màn>

 

Translate: HE IS SLOWER THAN ME.

key

 他比我慢。

<Tā bǐ wǒ màn.>

 

Translate: TEA IS MORE EXPENSIVE THAN BEER.

key

 茶比啤酒贵。

<Chá bǐ píjiǔ guì.>

 

Translate: THIS IS MORE EXPENSIVE THAN THAT.

key

 这个比那个贵。

<Zhège bǐ nàge guì.>

 

Part of Lesson 1.3