Jul 04

Comparing Valentine

   We know you must be wondering what “Comparing Valentine” is. The answer is very simple: Comparing refers to the ways of comparing –i.e. one of the most interesting and, at the same time, challenging, grammar units–, whereas Valentine –as you have guessed– is related with Saint Valentine’s Day. We also know that today it is not 14th February. In fact, today is 4th of July or Independence Day for the United States (since 1776), but we can claim that all of this is just a coincidence.

   The mixture of these two words and the contents of this poem have led not only a title but also the proof that grammar and poetry can be combined to be part of the same thing, which means a better way to remember comparatives. At least, that is what we hope.

When feelings are much stronger than will,

someone could become a great deal more important than anything.

Heart is considerably better than mind

when love is far more important than things.

Gifts aren’t nowhere near as valuable as little wonders of life,

except if they are twice as powerful as hugs and kisses.

Words are not nearly as effective as facts.

unless you use them a bit better than a simple expression.

St. Valentine’s Day would be slightly nicer than daily ones

if it was almost as good as its legend,

instead of being nearly as boring as commercials,

which are not quite as special as a relationship:

As free as friendship,

just as complex as enigmas,

no more surprising than life itself

and also not any more rewarding than your last mistake.

   Once you have read the poem, it is time to tell you which the comparatives are, and –why not– how they can be classified.

   Basically, and with the exception of the last verse of the first stanza, we can say that the first stanza contains the comparatives that can be used when we want to express big difference between two things. The second stanza contains the ones that show small difference. Finally, the third stanza contains the comparatives used when we want to say that there is no difference between two things.

   According to the structure, we only have two types of comparatives: as+adjective+as and comparative+than, which are preceded by the ways of comparing.

   Obviously, big difference, small difference and no difference are not the only ways of comparing. We can also use: expressions of frequency, parallel increase, double comparatives, etc., but let’s leave it for the next grammar article!


2 comentarios

  1. Pilar

    A wonderful explanation!!! I am waiting for the next grammar article…


    1. Anabella Barsaglini Castro

      Thank you very much for your comment, Pilar. I hope to upload new posts soon.
      Meanwhile, be pacient.

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