The economy of China used to be so prosperous, but now....
China growth slows (listening exercise to do) & China economic growth slowest in 25 years (article to read)
Taking advantage that we are analysing some aspects of the comparatives, superlatives and so on in the level of 4º ESO, here are some notes to study (for further information about the issue have a look into NOTES ON GRAMMATICAL ISSUES - 2º Bachillerato):
COMPARATIVES AND SUPERLATIVES
- We use more.... for adverbs that end in -ly: more slowly, more quietly
- You can use -er or more... with some two-syllable adjectives, especially: quiet, clever, narrow, shallow, simple
- IRREGULAR COMPARATIVES: good/well > better, bad/badly > worse, far > further/farther
- FURTHER & FURTHEST meaning 'more' or 'additional': Let me know if you hear any further news
- Before comparatives you can use QUANTIFIERS such as: much, a lot, far, a bit, a little, slightly (He's much / slightly taller than his sister).
- You can use any, no + adjective in the comparative form. Ex. I'm not waiting any longer.
- Two comparatives of superiority connected by and meaning 'CADA VEZ MÁS'. Ex. The situation is becoming harder and harder.
- COMPARATIVE OF EQUALITY: so, as....as.... Fernando Alsonso is as fast as the wind.
- COMPARATIVE OF INFERIORITY: less....than... My cousin is less intelligent than my sister.
- Difference between LESS & FEWER. Examples: I've got less money than you. A bicycle has got fewer wheels than a bus.
- Some interesting collocations: the same as, different from, similar to
- After superlatives we use in with places (the longest river in the world) and of for a period of time (the happiest day of my life)
- ABSOLUTE SUPERLATIVE meaning 'very'. The book you lent me was most interesting.