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01 Comparisons (part 1) – más/menos__que

Posted by Señor Jordan on Feb 4, 2013 in agreement, basics, comparisons, year 1 |

Hola.  In this video lesson we’re going to be learning how to compare things that are unequal!  To do that, we’ll need más (more), menos (less), que (than) and a whole lot of alligators!


General formulas for comparing in Spanish (click image to see larger version):

01 comparisons (part 1) graphic


01 present tense - ser

01 present tense - estar



descripciones (descriptions):

aburrido(s)/aburrida(s) – bored, boring
alto(s) / alta(s) – tall
bajo(s) / baja(s) – short
bonito(s)/bonita(s) – pretty, beautiful
contento(s)/contenta(s) – happy
delgado(s) / delgada(s) – thin
*deportista(s) – athletic
feo(s) / fea(s) – ugly, unattractive
gordo(s) / gorda(s) – fat
grande(s) – big
gracioso(s)/graciosa(s) – silly, goofy
guapo(s) / guapa(s) – handsome, attractive
inteligente(s) – smart, intelligent
paciente(s) – patient
perezoso(s)/perezosa(s) – lazy
pobre(s) – poor
rico(s)/rica(s) – rich
serio(s)/seria(s) – serious
trabajador(es)/trabajadora(s) – hard-working
triste(s) – sad

sustantivos (nouns):
el gato – the cat
la casa – the house
la clase – class
la novia – the girlfriend
la historia – the history
la playa – the beach
las chicas – girls
los amigos – the friends
los elefantes – elephants
los ratones – mice
nosotros = we, us

otro (other)
de – of, from
nuestro(s)/nuestra(s) – our
¿qué? – what?
su(s) – his, her, your (formal), their, your (plural)

*while deportista is often used as a noun, it can be used as an adjective to describe people who are athletic / sporty

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  3. Present Tense – Estar + emotions
  4. Descripciones fisicas
  5. Present Tense: Ser + descriptions and physical characteristics
  6. Comparisons (part 2) – irregulars  
  7. Comparisons (part 3) – tan ___ como  

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Feb 9, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Good work as always, and very timely, as I am now in SPA 102 and comparatives are the current assignment.

God Bless!

Sra. O
Apr 14, 2013 at 11:53 am

¡Hola Sr. Jordan! Muchísimas gracias por tus videos… me encantan! It would be awesome if you could make a video with words and phrases that go with ordering in a restaurant. And one about idioms… “sopa de tu propio chocolate”…”echar la casa por la ventana” …your work is amazing, gracias! Sra. O

Roberto Magras
Aug 27, 2015 at 9:26 am

Me enchante tu escribires, tu es mas embarasado de lovie tu agosto muchio!

Hannah S
Jan 26, 2016 at 10:52 am

Hello! I appreciate your videos. Could you please upload some more of them to teachertube? Youtube is blocked at my school and I am unable to use your wonderful resources for my students. Thanks so much!

Ed D.
Sep 15, 2016 at 11:17 am

Love your videos! Hope you’ll compile them or write a text. I noticed a frequently made error – in English, no less.

“They are more intelligent than us.” I think it should be “They are more intelligent than we (are).”

Señor Jordan
Sep 15, 2016 at 4:56 pm

Ed D,
Thanks for watching. I don’t think we’re going to cover any new ground in the argument of “better than (direct object: me, you, him, her, us, them)” or “better than (subject pronoun: I , you, he, she, we, they)”.

I would like to point out that use whichever one you would like.

In my understanding, “than” in this instance is a preposition and not a conjunction. Thus I am not creating an entirely different clause and use: me, you, he, she, we, they.

If I add the verb after than, then it would function as a conjunction and I would need to use the subject pronouns.

While you might still disagree with me, I appreciate your getting me to think on the matter further. 🙂

Nathan G
Mar 22, 2017 at 6:26 am

Señor Jordan, ¡me gustan tus videos! Soy un estudiante de Señora Miller, y cuando no sé el contenido, veo un video. Me ayuden en la clase de Español III mucho. ¡Muchas gracias!



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