L12: ADVERBIAL PHRASES: PART 1 – THE COMPARATIVE FORM

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L12: ADVERBIAL PHRASES: PART 1 – THE COMPARATIVE FORM

Postby Peter » Tue May 21, 2013 12:30 pm

L12: ADVERBIAL PHRASES: PART 1 – THE COMPARATIVE FORM
(Espressioni avverbiali: Prima parte – La Forma Comparativa)


Lesson L04 explained about how Adverbial phrases or complements, as they are called in Italian, are formed. I suggest you re-read that lesson before you read this one. Briefly, however, an adverbial phrase is formed by the use of a preposition followed by the corresponding noun.

This lesson looks at how to use the comparative form of adverbial phrases. Parts 2 and 3 look at the two superlative forms.

The Comparative

As with regular adverbs of manner, the comparative is formed by the use of più (more) and meno (less).

Examples:

Because of the serious situation, Moreno was behaving more nervously than ever
A causa della grave situazione, Moreno si comportava più nervosamente che mai

As the roads became more dangerous, we had to drive more cautiously
Siccome le strade erano diventate più pericolose, abbiamo dovuto guidare con più prudenza

It was apparent that Nadia needed to work more carefully
Era chiaro che Nadia doveva lavorare più attentamente

After two hours in the gym I felt that I really should work out less energetically
Dopo due ore in palestra mi sentivo che dovevo veramente allenarmi con meno foga

Given that it was an important interview, Gianluca dressed less casually than was required
Dato che era un colloquio importante, Gianluca si è vestito in modo meno informale di quanto fosse necessario

Be aware that there are other ways in expressing what some of the above examples say. However, we are concerned here only with the use of adverbial phrases.
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